Sergio Cortes is the health secretary in the country of Brazil, and he spoke out on Sergiocortesoficial.com about the Zika virus that has been very prevalent in Brazil. Zika is a virus that has symptoms that can be that are not serious. These symptoms include things such as rashes, fevers, night sweats and fatigue. The Zika disease first came out in the 1940s and it was first found in African countries and later it spread throughout all of Asia. Recently this disease has spread throughout all Of South America. Some of the major countries affected have been Columbia, Mexico, and Brazil. The World Health Organization has issued warnings about the disease and the impact that it can have on those affected.
The first evidence of the Zika virus in Brazil appeared in April. The disease has since become an epidemic. Even though the disease itself is not lethal, Dr. Cortes is worried about the ramifications of the symptoms of the disease. Many studies have shown that disease can cause microcephaly and it is associated with Gillian-barre syndrome. Gillian-barre syndrome is a very serious autoimmune and neurological disease which can be closely related to the Zika virus. It was found that many of the areas in Brazil that were most affected with the Zika virus have also had many cases of microcephaly.
The Zika virus is not a contagious disease, and the only way that an individual can get the disease is by being bit by a mosquito. The mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus can easily reproduce in areas that have standing water, but the mosquito can also easily adapt to different situations and it is able to reproduce in clean water or water that has organic materials. It is also true that the mosquito that carries Zika can produce eggs that can remain dormant for periods of up to one year until they come in contact with water.
The symptoms of Zika generally last from 3 to 7 days and they will disappear without medication. The only way to be diagnosed with Zika is through a complex medical exam. There is no real treatment for the disease, but if an individual is diagnosed with Zika, they can take anti-inflammatory medications and painkillers. When it comes to pregnant women or those that are planning on becoming pregnant, the best thing for them to do is to avoid mosquitoes. In order to avoid mosquitoes it is best to avoid standing water, wear clothes to cover the body completely, and use mosquito repellent. Even though there has been a breakout of the Zika virus in the country of Brazil, when a family takes preventative measures, they are doing all that is possible to avoid the disease.