Cortes speaks of taking steps to prevent disease and he and his team are hoping for the best results while they are preparing for the worst. Since there is a large amount of accumulated garbage in the city, there is an increasing worry about the possibility of a Dengue spread. Cortes had a meeting with the municipal health secretary and the Coordinator of the national health force; they all agreed that they would need to send out community kits to the affected area of Xerém, and apart from that they would be giving out 3000 antibiotic tables to help fight against Leptospirosis.
The department of health has sent out surveillance teams to help give bottled water. Bottled water can be one of the main components in stopping the spread of disease. Many diseases such as leptospirosis, hepatitis, and diarrhea can come from a lack of drinking water. There are other diseases that can be brought upon by physical contact. These diseases include the following: chickenpox, meningitis, and of course Dengue can be spread by mosquitoes.
Individuals that are now in shelters or in their homes are encouraged to use drinking water when it comes to cooking and of course drinking. They started using filtered water tanks to clean water, and the secretary of health is encouraging anyone that wants to make donations to give bottled water to help those individuals that were affected by the flood in Xerém. The secretary of health is very worried about the health issues that could be brought on by the flood, and he is also hoping to give moral support to those individuals that are under stress because of the recent developments in Xerém.