Researchers at Dundee University have discovered a new compound which could treat malaria while protecting people from the disease and preventing its spread, all in a single dose.
The compound, DDD107498, was developed by the university’s Drug Discovery Unit and the Medicines for Malaria Venture.
Scientists said the “exciting” new drug could work well against parasites resistant to current treatments. The World Health Organisation reported 200 million clinical cases of malaria in 2013, with 584,000 people dying from the mosquito-borne disease, most of them pregnant women or children under five. Concerns have been growing about strains of malaria which are resistant to current treatments, which have already appeared on the border between Myanmar and India.