Looks like State Secretary of Health Sergio Cortes has his work cut out for him. The Secretary Dr. Sergio Cortes is about to a embark on a tour of the most affected areas in the state of Duque de Caxias, Brazil. Dr. Sergio Cortes evaluation team are working out of one of the seven emergency shelters that the health department has recently built in the area. The main shelter is located in the municipality of Xerém. It is here that Dr. Cortes is monitoring all the information coming in from the other shelters in the region. The state department of health originally built in shelters with the intention of providing hydration to help relieve the symptoms of the early onset of dengue. Since the flooding, the dengue hydration stations have also been used as emergency shelters that can hold up to 300 people. Sector Cortes has also implemented classes for local residents by helping them learn how to detect the early symptoms of these illnesses that are currently plaguing area.
In an interview with Extra.Globo State Secretary of Health Sergio Cortes explains the extent of the floodwaters is rather severe. He realizes that the helpers posed by these contaminated waters is very dangerous. This plan is taking hold. The plan consists of actively pursuing the decontamination of these waters. These floodwaters contain dangerous pathogens like yellow fever, dengue fever and a couple viruses including the extremely fast spreading Zika virus. Brazil is the epicenter of a major outbreak of the Zika virus and Dr. Cortes explains that recently the Zika virus becoming linked to microcephaly which has caused almost 4000 birth defects in Brazil would over 3800 of these occurring in the latter part of 2015. The numbers clearly indicate that the virus is currently spreading in an increasingly rapid rate.
The Zika virus can now he found in most of South America, Central America and has worked its way on to to North America as well. Many governments have issued travel advisories the affected areas. Pregnant women and has stayed away from this region and the Brazilian government has asked all women in Brazil and please refrain from becoming pregnant for the next two years. The state Department of Health has arranged for 10,000 bottles of sodium hypochlorite to be passed out to the local residents so that they may help in the effort to help decontaminate the infected flood waters in the region.