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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.