Category: Outbreak of Zika Virus
Sergio Cortes recently posted new information about the Zika virus on his blog that can be found at Sergiocortesoficial.com. He is a trusted and loved doctor that can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. In his article he gives useful information about the beginning of the disease and what individuals can expect from the disease. The Zika virus first emerged in the 1940s and it was identified in some African countries. These countries included Uganda, Tanzania, and Sierra Leone. Over the years the disease spread throughout Asia and reached countries such as Thailand and India. In last year the Zika virus had been seen in many Latin American countries that including Columbia, Mexico, and Brazil.
There have been many outbreaks of the Zika virus that have affected many towns in the country of Brazil and that has the World Health Organization and Dr. Sergio Cortes very preoccupied. There have been investigations that have linked microcephaly to the Zika virus. Microcephaly is what causes small heads in newborn babies. These studies have proven that in areas that have had outbreaks months before, they now have had a surge of babies being born with microcephaly. There are also ongoing studies that have been performed that may prove that Zika has a link to Guillian Barre syndrome. Guillian Barre syndrome is a very serious neurological disease and it is also an autoimmune disease.
When it comes to the transmission of the Zika virus, it is not a virus that is contagious. The Zika virus can only be transmitted through the Aedes aegypti mosquito. This is the same mosquito that is responsible for transmitting the Dengue fever and Chikungunya.
Normally this mosquito prefers to deposit her eggs in clean water, but she can also deposit her eggs in water that has organic material. Since that is the case, it is very important to avoid having any standing water in or outside of the home. The symptoms of Zika are generally mild and they can include fever, muscular pain, and rashes. The only way to correctly diagnose Zika is through a complex exam. There is no real treatment for the symptoms of Zika, and people that are infected with the disease can generally take anti-inflammatory medications and painkillers. The only painkiller that is important to avoid is aspirin.
Women that are pregnant or desiring to get pregnant should take extreme measures to avoid mosquitoes. Some precautions that they should take are to wear clothes that cover their full body, wear insect repellent, use mosquito nets over themselves when they are sleeping, and put screens on their windows and on their doors. Even though Brazil continues to be one of the most affected countries when it comes to the Zika virus in Latin America, it is important for individuals to try to do all they can to prevent or avoid mosquito bites.