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Ben West takes a look at how important these drugs are, and the best ones to take

It’s important to take malaria prevention seriously if you’re going to areas where the disease is prevalent: take your tablets, cover up after sunset, use insect repellent and a mosquito net. Malaria is dangerous — there are 212 million new cases annually and 429,000 deaths — but there’s no need to panic if you play by the rules. Seek advice from your local GP or travel clinic and ask a local tour operator too. If you do need to take antimalarials, there are four main drug regimes available:

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