A worker sprays insecticide to exterminate mosquitoes at the Lion Rock Park in Wong Tai Sin on August 18. A number of people suffering from dengue fever had visited the park. Photo: Dickson Lee A worker sprays insecticide to exterminate mosquitoes at the Lion Rock Park in Wong Tai Sin on August 18. A number of people suffering from dengue fever had visited the park. Photo: Dickson Lee
A worker sprays insecticide to exterminate mosquitoes at the Lion Rock Park in Wong Tai Sin on August 18. A number of people suffering from dengue fever had visited the park. Photo: Dickson Lee
Robert Peckham
Opinion

Opinion

Robert Peckham and Ria Sinha

Why dengue fever prevention calls for attention to the big picture, not just the pests in our own backyards

Robert Peckham and Ria Sinha say Hong Kong can draw on both its history of epidemics and the talent and technological expertise in the Pearl River Delta region to tackle mosquito-borne diseases

A worker sprays insecticide to exterminate mosquitoes at the Lion Rock Park in Wong Tai Sin on August 18. A number of people suffering from dengue fever had visited the park. Photo: Dickson Lee A worker sprays insecticide to exterminate mosquitoes at the Lion Rock Park in Wong Tai Sin on August 18. A number of people suffering from dengue fever had visited the park. Photo: Dickson Lee
A worker sprays insecticide to exterminate mosquitoes at the Lion Rock Park in Wong Tai Sin on August 18. A number of people suffering from dengue fever had visited the park. Photo: Dickson Lee
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Robert Peckham

Robert Peckham

Robert Peckham is professor of history and director of the Centre for the Humanities and Medicine at the University of Hong Kong.

Ria Sinha

Ria Sinha

Ria Sinha is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Humanities and Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. She trained as an infectious disease scientist at Imperial College London.