US regulators approve simpler, one-dose treatment to prevent malaria relapse

By: AP |
Published: August 9, 2018 7:14:27 pm

As per the report, last year, the number of malaria cases (provisional) reported in the city was 114. In 2016 and 2015, the number of cases was 157 and 152 respectively.

US regulators on July 20 approved a simpler, one-dose treatment to prevent relapses of malaria. Standard treatment now takes two weeks and studies show many patients don’t finish taking every dose. Malaria is caused by parasites that are spread to people through mosquito bites. Antimalarial drugs can cure the initial infection but parasites can get into the liver, hide in a dormant form, and cause recurrences months or years later. A second drug is used to stop relapses. The new drug, GlaxoSmithKline’s Krintafel (KRIN’-tah-fell), only targets the kind of malaria that mainly occurs in South America and…

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