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Dr. Sergio Cortes Sheds Light On Zika Virus

Zika virus was first found, in the 1940’s, in the countries of Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania. After many years, it spread to India and Thailand. In 2015, it had spread throughout countries in Latin America. Since April, health experts have become very concerned with the increasing number of cases.
“On one hand, the symptoms of Zika virus do not get to be serious and the disease can be rapidly controlled and cured. What is really worrying doctors, is that there is a proven link between Zika virus and Microcephaly, and perhaps with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.” Said Dr. Sergio Cortes on

The Brazilian Ministry of Health found that there is a relationship between Zika and Microcephaly. Recent studies have shown that Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a serious neurological disease, can be related to the virus.

Even though Zika cannot be transmitted, person to person, a non-infected Aedes Aegypti mosquito that bites an infected person, will then carry the virus. This mosquito lays its eggs in clean water any location can be subject to breeding.

Zika is non-aggressive and symptoms usually last for a few days, up to a week. The most common symptoms are fever, muscle aches, and rash which can disappear before treatment is sought out. There are no tests for the virus except for a complex exam offered by three units of Fiocruz and the Evandro Chagas Institute.

When it comes to treating Zika, there is no treatment to get rid of it. The symptoms are treated but not the virus itself. Dr. Cortes stated that products such as aspirin, should be avoided because they have an anticoagulant effect and can lead to bleeding disorders. Since the virus is related to Microcephaly, which affects newborns, Dr. Cortes on Linked In cautions pregnant women to take extra care and protect against insect bites.

At the moment, Brazil is considered to be in the middle of an epidemic. There are already more than 1200 events in 14 different states and spanning more than 300 cities. There is still a lot to learn about this virus and Dr. Cortes wants to focus on the affect it has on an unborn fetus. Dr. Cortes urges people to take precautions against the virus such as avoiding stagnant water, stay indoors more, and installing nets around beds.

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