Another State Is Added To The List Of States With Zika Virus Cases According To Doctor Sergio Cortes

Another State Is Added To The List Of States With Zika Virus Cases According To Doctor Sergio Cortes

Oklahoma has just reported its first two cases of the Zika virus. Neighbor Texas has been on the growing list of states for a couple of weeks, so the rivalry between the two state football giants is taking an ugly turn. A turn neither state wanted. The Zika virus doesn’t discriminate when it comes to entering a human body. There are no borders, no rules, and no mercy. The virus makes itself at home in the saliva, urine, and semen of its victims, but it doesn’t stop there, according to Brazil’s chief medical advisor, Doctor Sergio Cortes. Dr. Cortes knows more about Zika than most physicians. His official website is full of Zika facts.
Dr. Cortes was one of the first doctors in Brazil to tell the public that the disease is the work of Aedes aegypti mosquito. And Cortes is the one of the first doctors to link microcephaly and the Zika virus together. Dr. Cortes has several posts about microcephaly on his LinkedIn page. Microcephaly is the term used to describe underdeveloped brains and head deformities in babies. Dr. Cortes said new research shows the virus stays in the amniotic fluid and the brain of fetuses after the symptoms disappear in pregnant women infected with Zika.
On his Facebook page, Dr. Cortes also warns the public about the risk of the contracting the paralyzing disease known as Guillain-Barre syndrome. Guillain-Barre syndrome cases have increased in areas where the Zika virus is spreading. Microcephaly cases are getting a lot of attention, but Guillain-Barre syndrome shouldn’t be overlooked. More than 5 percent of the people with Guillain-Barre syndrome die.
On Twitter, Cortes followers can find a list of countries that have reported cases of the virus. The United States is beginning to report a couple of Zika cases a day. Those cases will increase as the weather gets warmer. Cortes also warns his followers that the risk of being infected by another person is very real. Dr. Cortes has documented proof that some of the cases in Brazil are from sexual contact, and the U.S. has reported several person to person infections. Cortes thinks that is one of the main reasons the virus is spreading so quickly.
There is a lot of talk about a vaccine for Zika, but according to Dr. Cortes, it’s unlikely that a vaccine will be available in 2016. Developing a vaccine is a long process with several test stages. But some researchers think that a vaccine may be available at the end of the year in limited quantities. The only protection from the virus at the moment is wearing loose clothing that covers the body completely in mosquito infested areas.

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