Dr. Sergio Cortes is the secretary of health in Brazil and he also publishes many articles on his website called Sergiocortesoficial.com. These are articles that have to do with health and with disease prevention. Cortes can be followed on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. On his website he recently published an article that talked about the Zika virus. Many individuals around the world are concerned about the ramifications of the Zika virus, but at the same time they may not have the correct information about the origin of the disease and the disease symptoms.
Zika is a disease that was first discovered in some African countries in the 1940s. After a few years the Zika virus soon migrated to Asia. Now within the last few years the Zika virus has been found in Latin America as well. There have been some infected individuals that also have traveled to the United States.
The Zika virus according to sergiocortesofficial.com is not a contagious virus, and it can all only be spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. This mosquito can also spread the Dengue virus and Chikungunya. There is no treatment for for the Zika virus, but there are some things that individuals can do to alleviate the symptoms. First of all individuals suffering from the Zika virus can take anti-inflammatory medications and they can take painkillers as well. It is important to be under the scrutiny of a medical professional when taking any medications. Aspirin is not an appropriate medication to take if a person is infected with the Zika virus, because Aspirin could cause bleeding.
Since microcephaly is an issue with newborn babies, pregnant women or women that are desiring to be pregnant should do all they can to avoid mosquito bites. It is very important for them to wear long clothes to cover themselves completely, use mosquito nets while sleeping, and make sure that all the windows and doors in the home have screens on them. Mosquito repellent is also very important to continuously use in order to keep mosquitoes at bay. Even though the Zika virus can cause serious problems to babies, there has been no proof that the virus causes any serious long-term effects in adults.