Tuesday, March 16, 2010

World Health Organization Releases New Information and Treatment Guidelines for Malaria.

This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) released updated guidelines for malaria treatment, and published a new section covering suggestions on safe and effective antimalarial drugs.

The new guide accounts for recent developments in malaria treatment drugs including the proper use of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), the introduction of a new ACT for treatment, and the recommended removal of artemisinin-base monotherapy due to signs of increasing drug resistance.

Additionally, WHO is recommending diagnostic testing for all suspected cases of malaria, and states that any treatment based solely on clinical symptoms should be reserved only for situations where clinics are not available.

For more information on updated malaria prevention and treatment guidelines visit the World Health Organization website.

-Michelle Leung

Source: UN News Center