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More Than 14 Pregnant Women Have Been Infected With The Zika Virus According To Brazilian Doctor Sergio Cortes

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

The number of reported Zika cases in the United States is increasing by the minute. States like Florida, Mississippi and Alabama are considered high-risk states because the Aedes aegypti mosquito breeds in those states almost year-round. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is a dangerous pest. It carries an arsenal of viruses that have the ability to cause illness, and in some cases, death. Dr. Sergio Cortes, the Brazilian Ministry of Health advisor, thinks people in hot and humid conditions have little defense against the Aedes aegypti mosquito. He proves his point by posting the statistics that have been recorded from the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil on his official website.
When the first case of Zika was identified in the state of Paraiba last April, Cortes and his medical team knew very little about the virus. Even though Africa and Asia and islands in the Pacific had been reporting Zika virus cases for years, there was very little scientific evidence that explained how the virus functions once it enters the human anatomy. That’s why Brazilian researchers were so surprised when local doctors in Paraiba started to diagnose an unusual number of microcephaly cases three months after the Zika outbreak.
Microcephaly is described as a medical condition that causes newborn babies to have unusually small heads and underdeveloped brains. Before the Zika outbreak, Brazilian doctors reported about 150 cases of microcephaly every year. Other diseases are known to cause the condition, but the Zika virus was never on the list. But after the outbreak more than 4,000 cases of microcephaly have been reported. Suddenly Dr. Cortes and his medical staff realized that Zika was much more that a benign virus that caused fever, muscle pain, and rash.
Dr. Cortes immediately began an intensive investigation of the Zika virus and microcephaly. He frequently tweets information about Zika cases. After months of gathering information, and studying hundreds of pregnant women, there is still no scientific evidence to back up the claim that Zika causes birth defects. But that doesn’t stop Dr. Cortes from warning pregnant women about the danger on his LinkedIn page.
The World Health Organization recently put out a warning about the potential risks of being infected with Zika. The World Health Organization said pregnant women around the globe could develop microcephaly if they are bitten by a mosquito or they have physical contact with a person that has the virus. Dr. Cortes posted several articles on his Facebook page that outline the precautions pregnant women should take during this health crisis.
More than 14 women in the United States have the virus now, and that number will increase as summer approaches. There won’t be a vaccine to protect pregnant women this year. The risk of the mosquito population being out of control is high unless health officials begin a eradication program now, according to the World Health Organization.

Sergio Cortes and his Views on the Zika Virus

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

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.