Dr. Sergio Cortez is in a Battle in the Jungle

Lately his job is becoming a very difficult task and he has absolutely no room for error in his calculations because many lives will be affected negatively. The future of many Brazilian children is at stake here. Last Sunday early in the morning, The State Secretary of Health Sergio Cortes will be taking an extended tour of the region near the city of Xerém, Duque de Caxias with his evaluation team to survey the effects of the recent flooding and landslides that have impacted the area. Due to extreme weather consisting of torrential downpours and heavy winds throughout Brazil, the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the Brazilian national government has sent out 220,000 troops and train workers to assist the local residents.

Dr. Sergio Cortes and his evaluation team will be looking for contaminated waters as well as any still water that can be harboring the mosquito larvae. Secretary of Health Cortes, the 220,000 troops along with specially trained workers and volunteers are literally in a major war against the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Extra.Globo caught up with Dr. Cortes and asked him a few questions about this plan to try to combat the Zika virus, dengue and several other viruses and diseases whose transmission has been rapid partially due to the contaminated floodwaters.

Dr. Cortes is looking at the screen on his computer in the “situation room ” which is located inside the one of the seven emergency dengue hydration centers that the state recently built in the region. He is observing some of the data that has been collected from specially trained workers at the emergency center. Dr. Cortes explains that each of the emergency centers have 12 special hydration chairs designed to help combat the symptoms of dengue, Zika virus, yellow fever and other viruses and diseases that are currently spreading into the contaminated rainwater and the mosquitoes.

State Health Sec. Sergio Cortes was quoted as saying “We are taking steps relying on the worst, hoping for the best. This center is a preventive action of the state Department of Health to support the municipality, given the amount of accumulated garbage in the city, increasing the possibility of dengue mosquito proliferation.” Dr. Sergio and his team are actively decontaminating infected waters in the area and are being assisted by special volunteer groups, state workers and troops. At the heart of the problem is the rapid spread of the Zika virus that has literally taken the Brazilian nation by storm.