The Zika Virus Detailed By Doctor Sergio Cortes

The Zika virus is new to the Western Hemisphere, first appearing in several Southern countries in April, 2015, including Colombia, Brazil, and Mexico. Brazilian doctor and health authority, Sergio Cortes has worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) to study Zika and help alleviate the problems it produces in its victims. He says there is not yet any way to vaccinate against the threat of the Zika virus. But, he outlines the efforts to prevent infection and treat the pain and inflammation in those who do contract the disease.
Since first appearing in Brazil in 2015, health care workers there are becoming quite concerned with the increase in cases of Zika. According to Dr. Cortes, Zika was first found in African countries such as Uganda, Tanzania, and Sierra Leone, in the 1940s. After spreading to India and Thailand it has begun to pop up in other locales. Sergio Cortes gave a detailed report on his Official Blog Page.

The symptoms of Zika infection are controllable and not nearly severe as some tropical diseases. However, the Brazilian Ministry of Health has stated that the virus is causing women who contract the virus while pregnant to deliver babies with the severe birth defect microcephaly. This means the babies have very small heads and brains with many physiological problems. They are distressed, hard to calm, and diminished mental capacities. The average lifespan of such children is about 10 years.

Contrary to some local superstitions, the only way to get infected with the Zika virus is to be bitten by a mosquito that carries it: Aedes aegypti. It is not communicated between animals or humans in any other manner. This is the mosquito that has also traditionally been the carrier of the dengue and chikungunya fever diseases. Symptoms of Zika can be treated with anti-inflammatory and pain killing drugs. However, Dr. Cortes warns on that standard aspirin, which contains acetylsalicylic acid should not be used, as it can reduce blood coagulation making it hard to stop any bleeding.

Another problem now being detected as being associated with Zika is a devastating neurological disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome. Dr. Cortes notes that the WHO has found a connection with this autoimmune disease and the Zika virus. Learn more about Zika and get Dr. Cortes’ updates about it and other issues on his Twitter Account, on his Facebook page, and on his LinkedIn Page.