Entomologist

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Presenter: Rob Hutchinson

Published: March 2009

Age: 14-19 and upwards

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Type: Careers

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Rob Hutchinson is an entomologist and one of the top mosquito experts in Europe whose work assesses the risk of Malaria returning to UK. He has developed a great interest in mosquito biology and did a masters degree at the School of Tropical Medicine in London, specialising in Malaria. He is now the leading medical entomologist looking at Malaria in the UK. He has worked all over the world including trips to Africa and Ecuador. His work involves field collections of mosquitoes in the UK to look for potential outbreaks of malaria and west Nile virus (in 1999 there was a west Nile virus outbreak that killed hundreds of people in the USA). In this short film we see him collecting mosquitoes wintering over in a derelict school on the Isle of Sheppy, the epicentre of the last malaria epidemic in the UK in 1914.