The hysteria surrounding the Zika virus is way ahead of the research to find a vaccine that will prevent the disease, according to Brazil’s top doctor, Sergio Cortes. Dr. Cortes says on his website Sergiocortesoficial.com the government has been working non-stop since last May to eradicate the mosquitoes that carry the virus. The government is using drones to locate standing water, so the breeding pools for the disease carriers can be eliminated.
Brazilian hospitals have identified more than 4,500 cases of Zika-related microcephaly. Babies born with microcephaly have smaller heads, brain abnormalities, and in most cases a shorter lifespan. There’s no proof that Zika causes microcephaly, but the recent resurgence of the disease indicates there is some sort of relationship between mosquito bites, the Zika virus, and microcephaly, according to Dr. Sergio Cotes.
On his website, Dr. Cortes mentions an article that outlines the emergence of the virus. The discovery of the virus dates back to 1940, in Africa. Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania were the first countries to identify the Zika virus. The virus spread to Asia and countries like Thailand and India began to report cases. But it wasn’t until 2015 that Latin American countries including Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil reported cases of the virus. The World health Organization issued a warning to travelers about the dangers of the disease, and the consequences that might occur once infected by the mosquitoes.
Brazil reported its first case in April 2015, and since then over million people in the Northern areas of Brazil might have been infected by the disease-carrying bugs, according to Dr. Cortes Linked In page. The actual number of reported case is much less than that, but at the rate the disease is spreading, the case numbers will increase throughout South America as well as North America.
Dr. Cortes believes most of the people infected will not experience serious symptoms. The majority of the people infected will only have a few days of discomfort before the symptoms subside. But Cortes also said that if there is a proven link between Zika and microcephaly, there could also be a link to Guillain- Barré syndrome as well.
Guillain – Barre syndrome is a serious autoimmune and neurological disease. The World Health Organization conducted a recent survey and found a possible link to the Zika virus. More information about Dr. Cortes can be found on his LinkedIn page. Dr. Cortes also has a Twitter account. And people like the Doctor on his Facebook page.