Sergio Cortes is a well-respected Brazilian doctor that has been practicing medicine for many years. Currently, Cortes has been combating the effects of the Zika virus which has been creating a lot of problems in Brazil and in other tropical regions of the world. The Zika virus has been around in one form or another since the 1940s. This disease is transmitted by mosquitoes and has been responsible for affecting pregnancies and causing illness for many Brazilian people.
The Zika virus was always present within tropical regions of the Earth but it never was a problem until April of 2015. The condition has rapidly spread since April of 2015 and it continues to affect more people as each day passes. More mosquitoes than ever are infected with the condition. They are now coming into contact with a lot of people. The condition is not only present in Brazil it is also on the rise in Mexico, Columbia, Thailand and even India.
The mosquito population has increased within Brazil and other tropical regions. Since it has, a greater number of mosquitoes are now infected with the virus. The mosquitoes can only get the virus by biting an infected person. In turn, these mosquitoes infect other people. The Zika virus cannot be spread from person to person. This disease can only be given by mosquitoes.
The Brazilian government and health officials are putting forth an effort to help reduce the mosquito population within the nation. They want people to eliminate any standing water sources; regardless of size. The fact is that a mosquito can lay eggs in a small pop bottle cap that is filled with water. So, they want all standing water sources to be removed. The government is also using spraying methods and killing the bugs at their source to keep mosquito populations under control.
Keep in mind that the Zika virus is similar to other mosquito causing ailments such as dengue and chikungunya. These particular viruses are also spread by mosquitoes and they too cause certain problems within a person’s body. Zika is primarily known for causing fever, muscle pain and rash. It has also been linked to microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Microcephaly is a condition that affects the head size of new born babies. It causes a baby’s head to be smaller than normal when the child is born. Guillain-Barre syndrome is an autoimmune disease that temporarily causes white blood cells to attack a person’s nerves. Most people do not realize that they have Zika because the symptoms do not show up right away. Symptoms can show up between 3 and 7 days.
Dr. Cortes has extensive experience and knowledge for combating diseases and dealing with virus outbreaks. He is considered one of the leading medical authorities in Brazil. People can find out more about his views concerning the Zika virus by reading his blog Find out more about Zika virus with Sergio Cortes. This particular blog is located on Segio Cortes’s personal website. You can also follow Dr. Cortes online through his Facebook page.