Resistance to new anti-malarial medication appears to be spreading beyond the western
Artemisinin-based medication has been largely credited in recent years with increasing recovery rates from the mosquito-transmitted disease that kills nearly one million people a year worldwide. Timothy Ziemer, the
Signs of resistance to artemisinin had been found in southern
Ziemer said the number of malaria cases had still fallen. In
"But it is essential that national governments remain focused to contain and eventually eliminate these multi-drug resistant strains," he told the conference on international cooperation against infectious diseases.Important to that strategy is the elimination of fake and substandard medicines, which increase resistance, he said in a speech Thursday.