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Mosquito Fighter

A man wearing waders and a hat with mosquito netting covering his face has a spray tank on his back
Description: Drawing, Pastel on Paper; by Joseph Hirsch; 1943; Framed Dimensions 48H X 34W
Accession #: 88-159-FM as a Gift of Abbott Laboratories
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Malaria control is the Navy Medical Department's most important preventive measure in the South Pacific. This corpsman is equipped with a hand spray, the tank of which is filled with No. 2 diesel oil which, when sprayed on stagnant water, is effective up to six days in killing mosquito larvae. Larger stagnant swamp areas are attended to with a power spray mounted on wheels, or are dynamited. After fresh rainfall, these men must promptly cover all mosquito-breeding areas again. Spraying is especially thorough around gun emplacements.

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  • World War II 1939-1945
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