Malaria: Resistance to Medicine

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Antimalarial medicines are the only effective way to prevent and treat malaria infection. But some malaria parasites have become resistant to certain medicines in certain areas of the world.footnote 1 The most accurate information about malaria medicine resistance in specific countries is available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( and the World Health Organization (

The malaria medicine used to treat the infection depends in part on the location where a person gets malaria and the type of malaria parasite causing the infection.

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  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014). Travelers' health. Travel safe. Travel smart. Explore travel health with the 2014 Yellow Book. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed January 12, 2015.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerW. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease

Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015