01 Sep '12, 12pm

South African Researchers Find Single Dose Cure For Malaria

South African Researchers Find Single Dose Cure For Malaria

The University of Cape Town Science Department thinks they may have found a single dose cure for malaria. Conventional multi-drug malaria treatments are cumbersome and the malaria parasite can become resistant to them. This new treatment kills the parasite instantly, according to National Geographic . Researchers think that the single dose is safe and effective. Clinical trials are scheduled to end in 2013. This new treatment could save millions of lives on the continent per year--in all, nearly 24 percent of child deaths in sub-Saharan Africa. Researcher Kelly Chibale explains to the magazine : This is the first ever clinical molecule that’s been discovered out of Africa, by Africans, from a modern pharmaceutical industry drug discovery programme. The potent drug has been tested on animals and has shown that a single oral dose has completely cured those infected with mala...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/health/south-african-researcher...

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