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The threat you least expected

“CTalk” by Cito Beltran in today’s PhilStar

The greatest threat to you and your family may not necessarily be the rising criminality that you read about in the papers or watch on television. The greatest threat to you and your family can be what you take for granted.

Last Wednesday, my greatest fears were confirmed when I was informed that Cassandra Louise Filomena Aranas the 10-year-old only daughter of my friend and church mate Atty. Clint & Peaches Aranas had died after struggling with Dengue for 5 days. When Cassandra or “Sandy” as she is called fell ill, her parents immediately brought her to St. Luke’s Medical Center at the Fort.
Given the experience and wealth of knowledge available on Dengue, her parents tried not to worry, presuming the problem would quickly be under control once the necessary treatment protocols were in place. Unfortunately Sandy was hit by a more virulent strain of Dengue and within a few days her system had complications and she eventually went into cardiac arrest.
Picking up the bits and pieces from the stories at the wake, Sandy was not the only one who got Dengue as another student in the same area in Parañaque also had Dengue. Up until Sandy went flat line, no one even imagined how present and deadly Dengue could be.

Original Article: http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2013/02/18/910155/threat-you-least-expected