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PARIS - Drug-resistant malaria parasites are now firmly established in border regions in Thailand and three neighbouring countries, imperilling global efforts to control the disease, experts warned on Wednesday. 

In a Bangkok Post file photo, Maeo, 6, whose family is from the Karen ethnic minority group and lacks Thai citizenship, tested for malaria at a clinic in Tai Muang, 10 kilometres from the Thai-Myanmar border, in Kanchanaburi province. She tested positive a week later. Health officials now worry about drug-resistant malaria spreading in Southeast Asia. (EPA photo)

Blood samples taken from 1,241 malaria patients found that parasites which are resistant to the frontline drug artemisinin have spread to border areas in western and northern Cambodia, eastern Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, they said.

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