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Malaria still poses major threat, says expert

World Malaria Day is being marked on Tuesday, under the theme: "End Malaria for Good".

FILE: A feeding female 'Anopheles sinensis' mosquito on a human hand. Picture: CDC/James Gathany.

CAPE TOWN - A malaria expert says that despite advances being made in treating the disease, it still poses a major threat.

Officials at the University of Cape Town’s H3D Drug Discovery Centre say resistance to malaria drugs remains a constant challenge.

World Malaria Day is being marked on Tuesday, under the theme: "End Malaria for Good".

The World Health Organisation says more than 400,000 people die from malaria annually.

Malaria is a disease caused by a plasmodium parasite that is transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

The H3D Drug Discovery Centre’s professor Kelly Chibale says progress is being made with regard to research.

“The focus of our programme on H3D is to find new drugs that we can develop into medicine which really cures the parasite at all stages so that it not only offers protection but cures all types of malaria, even those that are resistant.”

A new antimalarial development candidate has been identified with the potential to treat and prevent malaria.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)