The Zika Virus May Cause Mild Symptoms But It Poses A Huge Threat To Pregnant

Women According To Medical Investigator Sergio Cortes
Most of the information scientists have accumulated about the Zika virus has come from Brazil this year. Doctor Sergio Cortes has been digging up pertinent about the Zika virus, and he has been posting it on his website for the last eleven months. Dr. Cortes is a medical advisor to Brazil’s Ministry of Health, and one of the first doctors to investigate the reason for the Zika virus outbreak. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes were responsible for surge in Zika virus cases in Brazil at first, but new information points to another source that has hastened the spread of the virus. Dr. Cortes believes some infected individuals can pass the virus to other people through sexual contact.
The news that the virus can spread through human contact has been a game-changer for researchers that are trying to answer some of the questions that surround Zika. Dr. Cortes posted an article on his LinkedIn page that said the World Health Organization has issued a warning about having sexual contact in countries where the virus is spreading rapidly. That warning won’t stop too many people. More than 20 percent of the people that are infected with Zika never have symptoms. So those people feel the warning doesn’t apply to them.
The World Health Organization has also issued a warning to pregnant women. There is strong evidence to support the theory that the Zika virus causes microcephaly. Microcephaly is a disease that causes underdeveloped brains in fetuses and newborn babies have small and unusual shaped heads. More than 4,000 microcephaly cases have been reported in Brazil. The norm is 150 cases a year, according to a post on the Dr. Cortes Facebook page. The spike in microcephaly happened in the same Northeastern state in Brazil where the Zika virus first appeared.
In several Cortes tweets, the Doctor warns people that the virus is capable of causing paralysis as well. Some people that are infected become paralyzed a few weeks after the initial symptoms of the virus disappear. That condition is called Guillain-Barre syndrome, and there have been more cases of that disease reported since the Zika outbreak.
Zika has been moving through South and Central America, the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico faster than any other reported virus in the last 20 years. There are eradication programs in progress to get rid of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, but there’s much chance of success in that endeavor, according to some researchers. There is no vaccine, and it doesn’t look like there will be one this year.
Even though the Zika virus is not considered life threatening, researchers still don’t know how it acts once it enters the body and that fact is scaring people all over the world.