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A 24-year-old female asked:

what kind of malaria medication should i take before i travel and for how long?

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Dr. Kristi Woods
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Depends: The medicine you take is dependent on where you are going. Some areas have resistance to certain drugs (like chloroquine.) you might need to start taking it a few weeks before you left, depending on what you take.
Dr. Holly Maes
Dr. Holly Maes commented
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Check on CDC's website under the overseas travel tab for up-to-date recommendations
Apr 30, 2014

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