Near the center of the city of Xerém, Brazil, State Department of Health Sec. Sergio Cortes discusses his future plans to try to contain what is quickly becoming a major health crisis. Dr. Cortes is in the “Situation Room” a health post for monitoring all health actions in the region. Secretary Sergio Cortes will direct his teams to begin training volunteers and paid state workers to help out with early detection and identification of symptoms of major diseases.
Hepatitis A, Dengue and yellow fever and two viruses. These viruses are the Chikungunya virus in the infamous Zika virus.Sec. Sergio Cortes will be training his teams in a volunteers in the rapid adoption of the febrile syndrome protocol a standardized approach for dealing with patients that are relatively healthy but are suffering from a high fever. Dr. Cortes also is implementing training so that workers help detect patients with the the Zika virus.
Brazil is unfortunately is the epicenter of the 2016 Zika Virus outbreak. The virus has spread from 12 to 24 countries with the last two weeks. Sec. Sergio Cortes is also a medical practitioner an expert. He has was recently featured in Extra Global where he reached out to citizens asked them to please only drink bottled water into make sure and prepared foods and wash strictly with bottled water. The state is also distributing 10,000 bottles of hypochlorite in a colossal effort to try and decontaminate all standing water that has been accumulated in the area after the recent torrential rains and flooding. Dr. Sergio Cortes on twitter is also overseeing the building of seven (7) emergency shelters in Xerém. They are actually called Dengue Hydration Centers and each of them feature 12 stations for hydration and can service up to 300 people per day. Government agencies are passing out 3000 antibiotic tablets out in an effort to begin early treatment.
States Sec. of Health Dr. Sergio Cortes explains on Linked In that close to 4000 childbirths of children with Microcephaly has occurred since October of last year. Microcephaly has been closely linked to the Zika Virus. The problem is that 80% of patients did not ever show symptoms but when a woman is written by mosquito that is transmitting the Zike virus that she may very possibly pass the virus on to her unborn child. Microcephaly debilitating disease that involves underdevelopment of the head and brain. The Brazilian state health ministry has gone as far ask Brazilian women to try to get pregnant until this situation is resolved.