I am here on the forum today after a weeks absence. Refreshing to see everyone still talking about relevant topics such as Robinsons pro or con... There are some very real problems here that can and will have a far more profound effect on all of us living here. My reason for being absent was an illness in my family. One of my relatives contracted both Dengue Fever and Typhoid fever simultaneously last week. I always thought we were somewhat isolated from those two maladys in Dumaguete. Well we are not. Luckily because of the excellent diagnostic job done quickly at Silliman University Hospital, we were spared a tragedy, and my step daughter is now nearly fully recovered. What I found out was that Dengue has increased in reported cases 70% over last year here in Dumaguete. In addition some research on my part has led me to find out the rivers in Negros Oriental have recently tested positive for Choliform bacteria well above levels considered safe for human consumption. This would certainly include the Banica river which for all intents has become a sewer running through Dumaguete. Dengue is contracted from the bite of a mosquito which is a daytime feeder only. Typhoid can be contracted by drinking polluted water or eating improperly washed or cooked food. We quickly had our water tested by a local laboratory and it tested safe. We can assume that she ate something out and or drank tap water somewhere that was contaminated. She had recently been visiting friends prior to her college graduation, so the Dengue is a mystery. We are happy to report Mae-an is out of danger, did in fact graduate and we are thankful for that. My advice is to not be complacent about these kinds of diseases and take precautions. Act quickly if you have a persistent high fever, and get medical attention.