Sergio Cortes is a doctor that is very concerned with the state of health of those individuals that live in Brazil. He is also the Secretary of Health for the country and he has a very informative blog in which he speaks about disease prevention and health matters. The name of Sergio Cortes’s blog is sergiocortesoficial.com. Those individuals that are interested in learning more about Sergio Cortes and getting more valuable medical information from him can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Cortes speaks about the Zika outbreak that has been affecting many areas in Brazil. He sheds light on some valuable information, and he dissipates some untrue information about the virus as well.
The Zika virus was first identified in some African countries and later the disease spread to Asia. Within recent months there has been outbreaks of Zika in Latin America as well. Brazil has been a country that has been featured in many news programs, because there have been large amounts of individuals that have been affected by the Zika virus there. While many of the symptoms of the Zika virus are non-serious, the ramifications of the disease can cause health problems to unborn babies. It has been investigated that the Zika virus can cause microcephaly. Microcephaly causes abnormally small heads in newborn babies. In studies that were done in Brazil, they showed that the degree of incidence of microcephaly correlated with Zika outbreaks months before. Apart from that, the Zika virus has been associated with Gillian-Barre syndrome.
There is no cure for the virus, all that an individual can do is wait for the symptoms of the disease to disappear. If an individual desires to get medication to help their symptoms, then they can take anti-inflammatory medication and painkillers. It is important not to take any aspirin or aspirin containing medications, because aspirin can cause an anticoagulant effect. There are things that an individual can do to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes. The first thing that attracts mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus is standing water. Individuals do well to avoid having any standing water inside or outside of their home. Even a little bit of water can allow these mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Also it is smart to have the body fully covered to avoid mosquito bites. Mosquito nets are good to sleep under, and it is wise to put screens on windows and doors. Pregnant women in particular should take these precautions, because of the previous mentioned FAQs about microcephaly and newborns.