• Short Summary

    MR. R. VEERAPPAN IS EMPLOYED BY THE MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT AS A PROFESSIONAL MOSQUITO TRAPPER. MR.?

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    MR. R. VEERAPPAN IS EMPLOYED BY THE MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT AS A PROFESSIONAL MOSQUITO TRAPPER. MR. VEERAPPAN MAKES HIMSELF THE TARGET FOR MOSQUITOES WHICH HE CATCHES AND PASSES ON TO THE MALAYSIAN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH FOR CLASSIFICATION.

    MR. VEERAPPAN GOES "ON SAFARI" EVERY NIGHT IN A SMALL, SPECIALLY BUILT MOSQUITO HOUSE IN A SUBURBAN AREA OF KUALA LUMPUR. HIS MOSQUITO HOUSE IS ONE OF 13 MAINTAINED BY THE GOVERNMENT, EACH OF THEM OPERATED BY TWO MEN WORKING IN SHIFTS.

    MR. VEERAPPAN WORKS FORM SIX IN THE EVENING UNTIL MIDNIGHT. HE LIGHTS A LAMP TO ATTRACT THE INSECTS, AND THEN LIES ON HIS BUNK COVERED WITH A MOSQUITO NET UNTIL HE IS PREPARED TO STRIKE. HE OPENS BOTH ENDS OF THE SMALL MOSQUITO HOUSE, AND WHEN HE IS SATISFIED THAT ENOUGH HAVE BEEN LURED INSIDE, CLOSES THE DOORS AND STARTS COLLECTING.

    HE SWOOPS ON THE INSECTS ABOUT EVERY HOUR.

    THE MOSQUITOES ARE TRAPPED IN TEST TUBES AND SEPARATED BY COTTON WOOL. IF A MALARIAL ANOPHELES MOSQUITO IS DISCOVERED BY THE RESEARCH INSTITUTE THEY BEGIN A HUNT FOR THE SOURCE OF THE DANGER. A SEVEN-MAN TEAM SEARCHES THE HOUSE AND ITS SURROUNDING AREA UNTIL THE BREEDING GROUND IS FOUND.

    THE MOSQUITO TRAP HOUSES HAVE BEEN WORKING EFFICIENTLY SINCE THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR. MR. VEERAPPAN HIMSELF HAS BEEN DOING HIS JOB FOR THE PAST 24 YEARS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2TL90O6TIDD6WVYKKNVREWAXF
    Media URN:
    VLVA2TL90O6TIDD6WVYKKNVREWAXF
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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