January 31, 2017 | Georgie

I find the idea of a future without important drugs, such as those used to treat malaria, really worrying.

A key treatment for malaria failed when four people were treated for the disease in the UK, after travelling to different parts of Africa. The infection came back a month after the initial treatment, and the patients needed an alternative drug to get rid of it.

Although only a few people were affected, doctors and scientists are taking notice. This might be a sign that Africa's malarial parasites are becoming resistant to drugs often used to treat the disease.

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