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Malaria

08 November 2010

New malaria drug artesunate promising

The death rate among children with severe malaria was nearly one-fourth lower when they received a new drug called artesunate than with treatment of quinine, a new study shows.

The death rate among children with severe malaria was nearly one-fourth lower when they received a new drug called artesunate than when they got the standard treatment of quinine, a new study shows.

The new study included 5,425 children with severe falciparum malaria - the most dangerous of four types of malaria affecting humans - in nine African countries. Of the children, 2,713 were treated with artesunate and 2,713 with quinine. There were 230 deaths (8.5 %) in the artesunate group and 297 deaths (11%) in the quinine group, the study authors reported.

 

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