Sergio Cortes is Getting the Word Out On Zika Virus

Dr. Sergio Cortes has published much information about the new Zika virus threat. According to Dr. Cortes, Zika is not completely new. The virus was first detected in the 1940s in African countries, including Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Uganda. It then began to spread through Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand and India. He reported this on Sergio Cortes official blog.
The new development of Zika began in 2015 when it was discovered circulating in 9 Latin American countries, the biggest 3 being Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico. The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a danger warning about Zika and its impact on those who have been infected. Although Sergio Cortes notes on there is no vaccine to stop the virus, there are effective treatments for the pain and other symptoms of the disease. Since April, 2015, the number of people contracting the disease in Brazil has increased alarmingly, giving health workers there great concern.

The Zika virus causes symptoms that are easily controlled. It is secondary effects that create the alarm. Women who are pregnant when they get Zika are highly likely to give birth to babies with a severe birth defect: microcephaly. This is a tragic consequence of Zika that Brazilian Ministry of Health has concluded is caused by Zika. A baby with microcephaly has a much reduced head and thus brain size, with attending neurological and physical problems that make raising these babies extremely difficult. The average life expectancy of a child with microcephaly is only about 10 years.

a bite from an Zika infected Aedes aegypti mosquito is the only way to contract the disease. It cannot be transmitted in any way between humans or animals, according to Dr. Cortes. This is the same mosquito that transmits both the chikungunya and dengue fevers. The treatment of symptoms is with standard pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs. But, notes Sergio Cortes, it is important not to use regular aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) for pain, as it can induce uncontrollable bleeding.

Dr. Cortes also noted that now another problem is starting to be connected with the Zika virus: Guillain-Barré syndrome. This is a severe autoimmune neurological disease that the WHO has linked to Zika. To learn more and to keep up with the latest updates on Zika from Dr. Cortes, follow him on LinkedIn, on Twitter, and on Facebook.