Sergio Cortes is the Secretary of Health in Brazil and he has his own webpage that is called Sergiocortesoficial.com. On his webpage he gives up to date information about health and disease. Cortes can also be followed on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Recently Cortes had written on his webpage about the Zika outbreak that has been plaguing many neighborhoods in Brazil. Many people have fears about the Zika disease because they are misinformed, but Cortes talks about the real and the made up dangers that accompany this virus.
The Zika virus was first discovered in certain countries in Africa and later, with time, the disease traveled to Asia. Now there have been many outbreaks of the Zika virus in Latin America. While the symptoms of Zika are mostly mild, the ramifications of the disease can be serious in certain portions of the population. Many studies have linked the current virus to microcephaly and Gillian-Barre syndrome. In many of the cases where microcephaly was found in newborn babies, it was evident that months before they had breakouts of the Zika virus.
The Zika virus cannot be transmitted from person to person, but it is only transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. This is also the mosquito that can transmit Chikungunya and dengue. This specific type of mosquito prefers to lay its eggs in clean water, but it can also lay its eggs in water that contains organic material. There is no cure for the Zika virus, all that a person can do is remain hydrated and take anti-inflammatory medication and painkillers until the symptoms wear off.
When it comes to pregnant women, it is very important for them to protect them themselves from the Zika virus. The best way to protect oneself from the virus is by avoiding mosquito bites. It is best to cover the majority of the body and to use mosquito repellent. The use of mosquito nets when sleeping is very important, and it is equally important use screens on windows and on doors in the home. While the situation with Zika in Latin America has reached record numbers, by taking preventative steps an individual can try to avoid this pesky disease.