Classes are being given in the emergency centers with the intention of training locals and identifying standing water pockets and how to disinfect them. Dr. Cortes explains that going after the breeding grounds of the Aedes aegypti mosquito is by far the most efficient way to try to combat this growing health crisis. Volunteers and paid state workers have been trained to go out and use sodium hypochlorite as a disinfectant on a standing water found in the region. With diseases like hepatitis a and viruses like the Chikungunya virus this mosquito is has been very detrimental to human population in the area. The same species of mosquito is the only known transmitter of the Zika virus which has recently been a world concern.
Between dengue fever, the Zika virus and all the other easily transmitted diseases and viruses in the Xerém area Health Secretary Sergio Cortes has been rather busy lately. All these things have been greatly aggravated by the flooding from the unseasonably torrential downpours that had been pounding the region since early January. Landslides and flooding and power shortages only add to the problems. The speed at which the Zika virus has begun to spread has been deemed as extremely alarming by the World Health Organization and Dr. Cortes reminds us that the Zika virus has some very serious suspicions possible links to almost 4000 birth defects in Brazil recently.
State Health Sec. Cortes explains that the Zika virus may in fact be linked to the abnormally high number of infant birth defects in the area. Microcephaly is an autoimmune immune and a neurological disease that has recently been connected to the Zika virus specifically with the babies mothers that have been bitten before the child was ever born.