The Dengue Hydration Center in Xerém, Duque de Caxia Brazil has been in full operation since January 15 2016. It was reported in Extra Globo that the center has been equipped with 12 chairs as a hydration station. The Dengue Hydration Health Center at Xerém has a capacity to serve 300 people per day.State Sec.of Heath Sergio Cortes said that massive amounts of accumulated garbage in the city are contributing to the possibility of the proliferation of the Aedes aegypti mosquito which has been actively transmitting several viruses and diseases in the area. In addition to dengue the insect can transmit the Zika virus and the Chikunguny virus. Secretary Sergio Cortes who is a Medical Doctor and expert tells us that the three diseases have very similar effects on patients with symptoms like, extremely hot fever, body and intense joint aches red spots on the skin and sore muscles and eyes. Dr. Sergio Cortes explains that with Dengue fever often patients will experience excruciating pain behind the eyes. The Zika virus the Chikunguny virus also causes symptoms that are slightly dissimilar. While the Chikunguny virus causes intense joint pain, the Zika virus is known to cause extremely red eyes and itchness in the groin area.
Sec. Sergio Cortes is now touring the affected areas were overflowing waters due to the flooding from the torrential rains where contaminated water has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Recently best experts have begun to establish a link between the Zika virus and Guillain-Barre syndrome. The link between the Zike virus and Microcephaly has already been established. Microcephal has been linked to over 4000 births effects in the region. The virus is being transmitted to unborn children after the pregnant mothers have been bitten by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The Brazilian government has recently begun to send troops and medical teams to distribute water and 3000 anti-bacterial tablets along with 10,000 bottles of sodium hypochlorite. Dr. Cortes reminds all donors to please remember to also donate by water and he asked local residents to use only bottled water to drink and for food hygiene.
The government of Brazil through the Brazilian Minister of Health as well as the Colombian government’s health branch has asked that women try to refrain from becoming pregnant until further notice. Emergency kits are being passed out and thousands of people are being trained to work with shelters together samples in an effort to increase early identification of these illnesses.
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