Brazilian Doctor Sergio Cortes Said The Zika Virus Outbreak Is A International Public Health Emergency

The Zika virus is moving faster than a speeding bullet. The World Health Organization thinks more than 4 million people will be infected by the virus in 2016. If Brazil is any indication, that estimate is low. More than a million people in Brazil have the Zika virus and about 200,000 of those people don’t know they have it. That’s how the Zika virus rolls. Even though the virus has been around since the 1950s, not much research has been done to track the genetic data within the virus or to measure the side-effects related to Zika.
Dr. Sergio Cortes has been studying the characteristics of Zika for the last 11 months. Dr. Cortes has posted some valuable information about the symptoms as well as the precautions that should be taken to avoid the virus on his official website. The growing concern that the virus may cause birth defects and may cause paralysis after the initial symptoms disappear is creating a wave of fear in countries around the world. Dr. Cortes tweets the latest updates about the Zika outbreak.
There is reason to believe that the United States could have more cases of the Zika virus than Brazil, according to Cortes. There are breeding grounds for the Aedes aegypti mosquito all over the country especially in coastal areas. The potential that the virus can jump from human to human is another reason why the U.S. could be in for one of the worst virus epidemics in decades.
Dr. Cortes thinks this particular strain of the Zika virus may travel around the world in spring and will infect European countries as well as countries in the Middle East. Dr. Cortes like to post different articles about the Zika virus outbreak in Central and South America on his LinkedIn page.
The other question that medical experts are trying to answer is how the virus causes microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. There is limited scientific evidence that the virus lowers the immune system in infected people, but not all of those people get the paralyzing symptoms of Guillain-Barré syndrome. And not all pregnant women deliver babies with microcephaly. Obviously the timing of the infection as well as the molecular makeup of the cells in certain individuals either prevent or enhance the chances of developing one of those diseases.
Dr. Cortes answers the comments he receives on Facebook. The most asked question he gets is when a vaccine will be ready. Researchers can’t answer that question, but scientists are working overtime to find the answer. The immediate response is, developing a vaccine takes years not months. A Zika vaccine could be developed sooner because of the work researchers have been doing on dengue which is a disease carried by the same mosquito.

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