British doctors expressed concern about the adaptability of malaria to drugs. In Britain for the first time didn’t work the main method of treatment of malaria. The combination of drugs did not give the usual effect in the treatment of four patients, returning from Africa, transfers Bi-bi-si.
The lack of the usual effects on the course of the disease may mean that malaria parasites have developed resistance to some drugs.
As reported in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and chemotherapy is, cases where it was the lack of the usual effects of the drugs occurred in the period from October 2015 to February 2016.
Treatment of all four patients at first was successful, and they were discharged from the hospital. However, approximately a month later, the disease returned.
At the London school of hygiene and tropical medicine say that it is too early to panic, but nevertheless need to be prepared for the fact that the situation with the treatment of malaria may worsen.
Scientists talk about the need to urgently assess the level of resistance to malaria parasites in Africa traditional medicines.
Every year in Britain, malaria was diagnosed in about 1500 -2000 people. All patients before this have been abroad.
Most cases prescribe a combination of drugs – artemether and lumefantrin.
Malaria is caused by parasite called Plasmodium, which is from the liver into the bloodstream and infects red blood cells carrying oxygen through the body.
These parasites multiply and burst out of red blood cells every two or three days, and each release is accompanied by bouts of fever, chills.
The parasites spread through the bites of infected Anopheles mosquitoes. It only takes one bite of the mosquito infected with malaria.
Malaria is one of the main causes of death of children under five years in Africa. According to statistics, every two minutes in the world, malaria kills a child.