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Brazilian Health State Sec. Dr. Sergio Cortes is on the Frontlines

Published / by WT23

A global phenomenon known as El Niño has been causing havoc throughout the planet. El Niño specifically affecting Brazil producing torrential rains and flooding. According to the Brazilian Ministry of Health and State Health Sec. Dr. Sergio Cortes vigorous spread of the Zika virus can only be slowed down by trying to control the mosquito population. Secretary Sergio Cortes explains it in Extra.Globo.that he is currently touring the flooded region and has deployed several teams to help on contaminated water and disinfected by killing a mosquito larva in free standing water by adding sodium hypochlorite. Sec. Sergio Cortes and his team have helped distribute over 10,000 bottles of sodium hypochlorite in the region to locals to help with the disinfection of contaminated waters.

Dr. Sergio Cortes is asking on Exame all local residents and businesses to only use bottled water in the preparation of food and for hygiene in the kitchen areas. Dr. Cortes also asked all residents of the region to only drink bottled water for the time being. The Brazilian Department of Health is also deployed evaluation teams and troops to help the dispensing of bottled water in the area. The threat from the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito is now becoming world crisis in the Zika virus has been found in 24 countries. The World Health Organization says that 80% of people infected with the Zika virus show no symptoms. Dr. Cortes explains that the biggest threat from the Zika virus is to the unborn babies oh mothers that have been bitten by the Aedes aegypti. Dr. Sergio Cortes the Secretary of Health along with the Brazilian Ministry of Health have issued dire warnings and caution to women asking them to try not to become pregnant until this situation could be contained.

State Sec. of Health Sergio Cortes has overseen the construction of seven Dengue Hydration Centers in the region with the capability of serving up to 300 people per day. Each center will be equipped with 12 hydration chairs. Also 3000 antibiotic tablets have been dispensed to go begin with early treatment. The threat from the Aedes aegypti mosquito consists of the transmission of several viruses and diseases including Hepatitis A, Dengue, the Zika virus, diarrhea and yellow fever along with the Chikungunya virus. Although all these maladies could cause serious illness it is the Zika virus that is of greater concern.

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