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Malaria researchers call for action on drug resistance

Malaria researchers call for action on drug resistance

Updated 8 August 2014, 12:55 AEST

One of the world's leading malaria researchers has warned radical action is needed to prevent the further spread of a deadly drug-resistant parasite that has the potential to kill millions.

The strain of the parasite was first discovered in western Cambodia but has now spread right through south east Asia towards India.

And there's growing fears it could soon spring up in Africa.

Professor Nicholas White, who's based in Bangkok, has called on governments and the World Health Organisation to take a tough approach.

Reporter: Kesha West

Speakers: Professor Nicholas White, Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit; Dr Freya Fowkes, Head of Malaria Epidemiology at Australia's Burnet Institute; Dr Rowena Martin, from the Australian National University's Research School of Biology

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