According To Doctor Sergio Cortes Brazil Must Address The Neglected Tropical Disease Issue

Brazil has been inundated with the Zika virus. It is the first major attack of the Zika virus in Brazilian history, according to Dr. Cortes, the former Director and current medical advisor for the State Ministry of Health in Rio de Janeiro. Dr. Cortes told Extra.Globo.com that the Zika virus is just one of the Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that impacts the poverty stricken areas as well as the wealthy areas of Brazil.

Millions of Brazilians come down with dengue and chikungunya every year, and some of those people die because there is no vaccine, and the mosquito population continues to increase. The healthcare system has advanced in terms of technology and drugs, but when it comes to controlling mosquito-borne diseases the healthcare system is still in the dark ages.

CrunchBase.com lists Dr. Cortes as the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director of Rede D’Or São Luiz in Rio de Janeiro, but he is still very active in the development of a sensible healthcare system that addresses the mosquito-borne virus issue. Cortes wants to find a multi-faceted solution that can save the lives of thousands of people living below the poverty level. A Dr. Cortes official website post said the Zika virus has opened the eyes of the world to the ineptness in controlling mosquito-borne diseases.

The Zika virus is just one of the infectious diseases that are considered neglected tropical diseases. Billions of people around the world are infected every year NTD’s, and more than 30,000 people die every year from mosquito bites. In a tweet, Dr. Cortes encouraged nongovernmental organizations, the pharmaceutical industry, donors and the government to invest in the prevention and the control of mosquito-borne diseases. Dr. Cortes said that even though the symptoms of these neglected tropical diseases may be similar they react differently once they enter the human body.

The Zika virus has made a huge impact on the healthcare system in Brazil, but the virus has also affected the healthcare industry in every country in Latin America. Zika has demonstrated the uncanny ability to disrupt, confuse and intimidate health officials as well as the general public. Dr. Cortes believes the Zika virus will be the catalyst for change in healthcare systems in countries that didn’t take tropical diseases seriously in the past. Climate change is creating new territory for the mosquitoes that carry viruses that can be passed to humans. It not just the poor countries that are targets for mosquitoes anymore. The rich countries are being affected and infected too.
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The Magic of Impersonation: Sergio Cortes, Michael Jackson Expert

Consider this. A single song that is five minutes long on the radio has quite a bit which goes behind it. The lyrics themselves can take an hour or two to come up with. The musical progression can take minutes or years. Let’s assume it takes three hours to come up with a melody, and three hours to come up with lyrics. Once those are combined, then it will necessarily take several hours to compile those things into a cohesive unit. You’re looking at an entire day’s worth of work. Now that song needs to be learned so well it can be regularly performed without error. This is going to take a solid week of man-hours in practice. Now in addition to that song, imagine that there is dancing which is involved, and must be finely choreographed with an entire group of performers. Now you’re looking at another week’s work. Caveat: that’s all for the original authorship of the song. But then imagine the writer and dancer of that song has died, and there is still demand for his work. If you look like the performer, you may even be able to get a piece of that performance pie! Should be a snap, right?

Wrong. Performance art is difficult enough; but impersonation work requires not only being able to cogently perform the songs the performer could, but to perform those songs so well you actually fool an audience of fans. This means there can be no deviation from the script. In many ways, impersonation is much more difficult than actual creation. So it is duly impressive when one considers that celebrity lookalike Sergio Cortes doesn’t just have the same facial features of Michael Jackson without the plastic surgery, but also can sing in the exceptionally high pitches Michael sang in, and dance the same dances Michael danced. That takes profound dedication and discipline. Michael Jackson was no lazy performer! He gave it his all every time, and Sergio Cortes does as well.

Sergio Cortes is such an effective performer that many foreign audiences who don’t realize Michael Jackson passed on actually mistake Sergio for Michael himself.

Impersonation isn’t easy, or natural. Sergio Cortes does the absolutely impossible: he makes it seem both easy and natural. If you didn’t get to see MJ before he died, check out Sergio Cortes. Many say he’s so good, you forget you’re watching an impersonator.