Category: Virus Outbreak

State Health Sec. Dr Sergio Cortes Visits Flooded Region

The relentless storms and continued onslaught of downpours started to have recently devastating effect on landscape of Xerém, Duque de Caxias, Brazil. The monsoon like rains have caused severe flooding in has softened the ground enough to cause many landslides. Extra.Global spoke with State Health Sec. Sergio Cortes has just finished touring the area with his evaluation team. They found an incredible amount of contaminated water due to the garbage accumulated since the sanitation service was disrupted by the relentless and unforgiving rain. Dr. Sergio Cortes rolled out a multiple step comprehensive plan to try to curtail this humanitarian crisis. A big problem here is the fact that mosquitoes are rapidly transmitting diseases that can be found in the contaminated stagnant waters. This plan consists of taking a very strong proactive stance against the Aedes aegypti mosquito by the disinfecting of stagnant waters and killing the mosquito larva simultaneously by applying sodium hypochlorite. 10,000 bottles of sodium hypochlorite have been distributed in the area so that local residents can also by taking an active role in contaminating the standing waters.

The female Aedes aegypti mosquito transmitter of the Zika virus according to Serfgio Cortes Wikipedia  which has recently exploded in the state and has grown into a problem that has been detected in over 24 countries in the last two weeks. The Zika virus is especially dangerous to unborn children because just one bite from the Aedes aegypti mosquito can cause the unborn fetus to get a very serious neurological and autoimmune name disorder named microcephaly. But Cortes also explains the be Aedes aegypti may also be linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Dr. Cortes has evaluated on wikipedia the flooded region and this team has constructed 7 special emergency centers.Each of the seven emergency shelters contains 12 dengue hydration shares and will have the capacity to take care of up to 300 of the local residents on a day-to-day basis. The Brazilian government has sent out 220,000 troops throughout the country in the hopes of helping to alleviate the situation. The troops have been actively dispensing bottle drinking water and sodium hypochlorite best be used to help disinfect the stagnant contaminated waters in the region. Dr. Cortes instructs that all drinking should be done solely from bottled water and a bottle of water should also be used in all preparation of foods and of hygiene of the food preparation areas.

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