Chief medical officer and Executive Director of Rede D’Or São Luiz in Rio de Janeiro, Doctor Sergio Cortes has been dealing with virus outbreaks in Brazil for years. Dr. Cortes and his State Health Emergency team were called to Xerém, Duque de Caxias during the 2013 flood, according to an article posted by Extra.Globo.com. Dr. Cortes and his emergency team assessed the threat of a dengue virus outbreak in Xerém. The mosquito population in that part of Brazil has been spreading virus infections every year for decades. The Cortes team was successful in 2013. Only few cases of dengue were reported after the Xerém flood.
But the Cortes team did not have the same experience when an Zika virus epidemic broke out in the Northeastern region of Brazil in 2015. Not much was known about the virus before Zika cases started to stream into the State Ministry of Health. Dr. Cortes immediately recognized the urgency of gathering Zika virus information, and posting it on his official website. Between May 2015 and February 2016 more than 4,100 cases of Zika were reported around the country, and Cortes knew the Zika virus was spreading faster than any other viral infection in the last 60 years.
Dr. Cortes and his team discovered a Zika virus outbreak in French Polynesia in 2013. French researchers had catalogued enough information about the complications that develop from a Zika virus infection to know that Zika was more dangerous than the dengue and Chikungunya viruses carried by the same Aedes aegypti mosquito. In August 2016, Dr. Cortes posted an article on his LinkedIn page that said the Zika virus may cause microcephaly in fetuses. The Cortes post was theory more than fact, but as more information about Zika and microcephaly cases were analyzed, other researchers confirmed the Cortes theory. The Zika virus does cause microcephaly if pregnant women are infected during their first trimester.
Dr. Cortes frequently tweets medical tips to his followers. The Zika virus outbreak has prompted Cortes to talk about the spread of the virus. Cortes thinks North America may have a serious outbreak of the Zika virus during the summer of 2016, and a vaccine won’t be ready to prevent it.
When CrunchBase.com ran an article about Dr. Cortes and his accomplishments recently, the article mentioned Dr. Cortes and the work he’s done replacing hips. Dr. Cortes believes in physical exercise. He believes that maintaining a regular physical exercise routine can prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer in some cases.