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Western and Southern Zambia

En-route to the ‘elimination’ of genotypic chloroquine resistance in Western and Southern Zambia, 14 years after chloroquine withdrawal

December 9, 2019 - 16:25 -- Open Access
Lungowe Sitali, Mulenga C. Mwenda, John M. Miller, Daniel J. Bridges, Moonga B. Hawela, Elizabeth Chizema-Kawesha, James Chipeta and Bernt Lindtjørn
Malaria Journal 2019 18:391, 3 December 2019

Anti-malarial resistance is, and continues to be a significant challenge in the fight against malaria and a threat to achieving malaria elimination. In Zambia, chloroquine (CQ), a safe, affordable and well-tolerated drug, was removed from use in 2003 due to high levels of resistance evidenced with treatment failure. This study sought to investigate the prevalence of chloroquine resistance markers in Southern and Western Provinces of Zambia 14 years after the withdrawal of CQ.

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