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Tin of 500 anti-malaria tablets, England, 1951-1975

‘Avloclor’ is the brand name for an anti-malarial drug called chloroquine. The drug, made by ICI Ltd, is used to treat and prevent malaria. Although made in England, the drug would have been taken in areas or by people travelling to areas where the disease is prevalent, such as Africa and the Middle East. Common side effects include vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and itching. Despite these, the drug is safe for pregnant women to take.

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Glossary: anti-malarial drug

Drugs that are taken to prevent or cure malaria. Treatments can be preventative, or as therapy to cure malarial infection.

Glossary: malaria

Parasitic disease transmitted by certain kinds of mosquito. Malaria is characterized by fever and enlargement of the spleen. Each year, there are approximately 515 million cases of malaria, killing between one and three million people.

Glossary: tablet

Also known as a pill, it is made by compressing a powdered form of one or more drugs. It is usually taken by mouth, but may be inserted into a different body cavity.