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Dr. Sergio Cortes is facing one of the biggest tests of his career as the State Health Secratary. Because of torrential downpours that seem to never end, the area in and around Xerém, Duque de Caxias, has been inundated with contaminated floodwaters. The rising floodwaters have also contributed to be a health crisis by producing contaminated water that contains the likes of hepatitis A, dengue fever, yellow fever and is the breeding ground for the Aedes aegypti mosquito. This particular species of mosquito has been linked to several viruses including the Zika virus which has been spreading very quickly throughout the area.
Dr. Cortes was interviewed by Extra.Global and was asked about his plans to try and stabilize the region.

Sec. Sergio Cortes elaborated on his plans on crunchbase and explained that they include surveying the region and then taking an active approach to try and decontaminate the infected waters. Dr. Sergio’s team has also built seven dengue hydration stations that are currently being used as emergency shelters for local residents that have been a refuge there due to the rising floodwaters. Dr. Sergio has also begun the dispensing of 3000 antibacterial tablets with the intention of trying to treat people that have been in contact with contaminated water and have been affected by leptospirosis. But the one of the biggest challenges facing secretary Cortes and his team is the emergence of the Zika virus. The Zika virus has started to spread in a very quick fashion as of late and since humans are not contagious it has been determined that the virus is being spread through the bite of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.
Thousands of troops have been going to the region with the intention of controlling the population of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito and to help with the distribution of bottled water. Dr. Cortes explains the bottled water used for drinking and food preparation and poor personal hygiene or situation will quickly become out of hand

The Zika virus has recently been linked to almost 4000 birth defects in Brazil. The northern and western parts of Brazil have seen the most rapid spread of the virus and the entire nation is currently involved in mosquito prevention control. 10,000 bottles of sodium hypochlorite have already been distributed to local volunteers that agreed to go out to help with the decontamination of the infected water in the region. Dr. Cortes on twitter is confident that with aggressive you prevention and the proper use of bottled water that this health crisis can be contained. Women have been asked to refrain from becoming pregnant for the next two years in Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador do to be widespread Zika virus and its devastating effects on the fetus in the form of microcephaly

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