Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Malaria is one of the deadliest
tropical diseases, causing more than 300 million infections yearly.1 Successful clearance of the malarial parasites, Plasmodium species, from a patient’s body by antimalarial
drugs is impeded by the emergence of drug-resistant strains. Drugs that effectively
eliminate Plasmodium with short treatment duration
reduce risk of treatment failure and emergence of drug-resistant strains.1
Jenwitheesuk E, Samudrala R. Identification of Potential Multitarget Antimalarial Drugs. JAMA. 2005;294(12):1487-1491. doi:10.1001/jama.294.12.1490