When Dr. Sergio Cortes awakens this Sunday you will have one of the most difficult tests in his career. The State Secretary of Health Sergio Cortes is facing the biggest health crisis that is state has faced in years. As a matter of fact the entire Brazilian nation is in the midst of rather difficult time because of the widespread occurrence of the Zika virus. The situation has been greatly aggravated by torrential downpours in the region that have caused landslides and severe flooding. Sunday morning Dr. Sergio Cortes and his team of experts will be taking a tour of the affected areas and attempt to gather enough information to help formulate a comprehensive plan that will help combat this issue.
Before the team drove out to the flooded regions,
Extra.Global had a chance to chat with the State Secretary of Health. While Dr. Sergio Cortes seemed optimistic he said the following, “We are taking steps relying on the worst, hoping for the best.” The state government has recently erected seven dengue hydration centers in Xerém. Dr. Cortes said that the centers represented some preventive action by the states department of health for the residents of the area. All seven of the centers are now being used as emergency shelters because of the severe flooding. Each of the centers have the capacity of serving up to 300 people. They also 12 hydration chairs that will be used to administer to some of the residents was early symptoms and onset a dengue. The Doctor and his staff will be training workers at the centers so that they can be able to know how to detect the early symptoms of some of the afflictions that are currently affecting the local residents.
Dr. Sergio Cortes explains on crunchbase that due to the severe flooding, there is a lot of contaminated stagnant water that can give people hepatitis A, leptospirosis and diarrhea. There is also a lot of water that can be ideal breeding grounds for the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The Secretary of health informs us that the Aedes aegypti mosquito is the main transmitter of the Zika virus as well as the Chikungunya virus.
The Zika virus has been spreading very quickly and an increasingly faster pace than anyone ever expected it would. The Zika virus originated in Africa in the 1940s and made his way through parts of Asia. But it was not until October 2015 that it started to spread as incredible speeds in Brazil.