Dr.Sergio Cortes Discusses The Zika Virus in Brazil

The Zika virus has emerged this year very prominently in Latin America. The virus first was discovered in the 1940s in Uganda. And then spread through Asia India and Thailand. According to an article in National Public Radio 3500 babies are now being born with microcephaly. Microcephaly is a birth defect that has been closely linked to the Zika virus. Many doctors in Brazil and throughout the world believe that there is a connection linking these two maladies.

This virus is mosquito borne and has also started to show up in Mexico, Colombia and several states of the United States like Florida and Texas. The Zika virus may also be linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome.

The World Health Organization had recently seen the Zika virus circulate deeply into Latin America. The World Health Organization issued a warning about the Zika Virus and the ramifications it can have on human health.

Dr. Sergio Cortes explains that the Zika Virus may also be related to some cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome which also been linked to microcephaly. The first documented case of the Zika Virus in Brazil was in May of 2015, the link establishing a relationship between the virus and microcephaly was confirmed by the end of August by the Brazilian Ministry of Health. Dr. Sergio Cortes explains that the Zika virus is not a contagious disease at all and they cannot be transmitted from one human to another. The only way to catch the virus is from a mosquito bite from an insect name the Aedes Aegypti. Dr Sergio Cortes goes on to explain that in a healthy mosquito bites a person that has the Zika virus, then that mosquito will in turn become infected and can then pass the virus along to another person. Another concern that Dr. Cortes revealed was that the eggs of the infected Aedes Aegypti can remain inert for a one-year in a dry place and can then redevelop by simply touching one drop of water.

According to Dr. Sergio Cortes, the symptoms can vary somewhat from person to person and the most common elements are fever, muscle aches and rash. These symptoms usually take 3 to 7 days to disappear. The problem is that many pregnant mothers have been transmitting the Zika Virus to their unborn children. Dr. Cortes informs us that there are no further tests or examinations specifically designed to detect the Zika virus. This disease is always difficult to diagnose which can only be done after a series of complex exams. There is still no specific treatment for curing the disease and according Dr.Cortes at this point all that can be done is to help relieve the symptoms. Anti-inflammatory drugs, paying relievers may help but Dr. Sergio Cortes points out that any medicines known such as aspirin can contribute to patient bleeding and should be avoided.

According to the Ministry of health in Brazil it is essential to pregnant women all women that are planning to become pregnant should take special measures to try to avoid contact with mosquitoes.