If You Are Not Pregnant The Zika Virus Is A Pretty Mild Illness According Brazilian Medical Expert Dr. Sergio Cortes

What was considered a mild bug in Africa during the 1950s, is now considered a fast spreading villain that may have the potential to cause diseases like microcephaly and Guillain-Barre Syndrome in babies. The African strain of the virus was never connected to those illnesses because there was no research done to verify the connection, according to Brazil’s top medical doctor Sergio Cortes.
Dr. Cortes recently posted an article on his official website that listed most of the information that has been discovered about the Zika virus, but as he said more information is coming into his office every day. What was considered a mild illness 60 years ago is now a raging epidemic that could threaten normal childbirths. Dr. Cortes also said clinical trials are underway at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the United States, and Brazilian researchers are hard at work mapping the genetic data of the virus.
People in South, Central, and North America are screaming for a vaccine to stop the spread of the Zika virus, but Dr. Cortes thinks a vaccine might not be available for the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere. The researchers are testing different vaccines in animals. Human volunteers have not been studied yet. The plan is to inject the test vaccine into the volunteers and then inject a low dose of the Zika virus in those people and see what happens. It is a slow process that has a lot of moving parts, according to Dr. Cortes.
On his LinkedIn page, Dr. Cortes said a study on a vaccine for dengue which is carried by the same mosquito and manifests similar symptoms shows promise. The human volunteers in that study seemed to be protected from infection. The next step is larger dengue trials. That means a Zika virus vaccine could be developed faster than the norm, which is usually years not months. The fact that researchers in several countries are working on a vaccine helps.
But as Cortes mentions in several posts on his Facebook page, the Zika virus seems to play a role in microcephaly and Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and that means all the data concerning the virus must be checked and rechecked. Some researchers are looking into the possibility that the Zika virus, dengue, and the chikungunya virus are creating a mutated version of Zika. That may be the reason that pregnant women are at risk. But, at this point in time, there is no way to tell when and how the mutated version actually moves from the mother to the fetus. Some pregnant women with the Zika virus deliver normal babies, so there is a lot of unanswered questions.
Dr. Cortes frequently tweets about the progress of finding a vaccine.