More Than A Billion People In 149 Countries Suffer from Tropical Diseases And Brazil Is Doing Its Part To Eradicate Those Diseases According To Medical Advisor Sergio CortesMarch 24th, 2016
The fact that mosquito-borne viruses can infect people in parts of the world that are not considered tropical or subtropical became obvious when the Zika virus started to spread to countries that are not considered tropical. Billions of people in 149 countries live in fear because of the tropical diseases that seem to be increasing rather than being eradicated, according to one of Brazil’s medical advisors, Dr. Sergio Cortes. Dr. Cortes is very familiar with the damage caused by tropical diseases. Dr. Cortes has done an extensive amount of medical work in the North and Northeastern regions of Brazil. Even though Dr. Cortes specializes in orthopedic work he has an extensive background in mosquito-borne diseases. Dr. Cortes was the Director of the State Ministry of Health in Rio for seven years.
In 2013, Extre.Globo.com published an article about Dr. Cortes and the work he did during the Xerém, Duque de Caxias flood. The flood did a considerable amount of damage to Xerém, and the threat of a dengue outbreak was on the minds of medical professionals employed by the country’s Ministry of Health. Dr. Cortes and his medical team did an outstanding job educating survivors on the need for clean water, better sanitation removal, and a daily hygiene regime. Brazil sent troops to Xerém to spray mosquito breeding grounds, and between the spray and Dr. Cortes, a dengue epidemic was avoided.
In August 2015, the World Health Organization published a report on tropical disease prevention. That report was published right after Brazil experienced the first Zika virus infections. The WHO report lists the importance of sanitation, clean water and regular hygiene in preventing tropical disease outbreaks, according to a Dr. Cortes website post. Brazil’s Ministry of Health knows what has to be done to prevent tropical diseases, but implementing procedures is a challenge. Millions of people in Brazil don’t have access to clean drinking water.
A recent CrunchBase.com about Dr. Cortes and the work he does as the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director of Rede D’Or São Luiz in Rio de Janeiro. The article also mentioned about Dr. Cortes and his work with the Ministry of Health. Dr. Cortes wants to help stop a future spread of Zika until a vaccine is developed. A Zika virus vaccine could be years away, according to a Dr. Cortes tweet. And mosquito eradication attempts won’t be as effective as they could be in certain regions of Brazil because of geographic issues.