The panic associated with Zika virus is causing more damage than the disease in certain areas of the world. There’s no doubt that the Zika virus is spreading. The virus has been causing a fever and a rash and other symptoms for more than 70 years. Africa was the first country to report cases of the virus. Then Asian countries reported an outbreak, but it wasn’t until April of 2015 that Brazil identified the virus, according to the chief medical officer of the Brazilian Ministry of Health, Sergio Cortes.
Dr. Cortes said on sergiocortesoficial.com the symptoms of Zika virus are not aggressive and they only last for 3 to 7 days. Most of the time the symptoms disappear without medication. Some people do use anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers to relieve symptoms of the virus. But Dr. Cortes also said the symptoms vary from person to person. The most common symptoms are fever, rash and muscle aches.
The only way to diagnose the Zika virus is through an extensive exam, and that exam is only available through the Evandro Chagas Institute, and three units of Fiocruz. Most cases are diagnosed by observation, according to Dr. Cortes.
There is an ongoing discussion about the relationship between the Zika virus and the increased number of cases of microcephaly that have been reported in areas where there is a Zika virus outbreak. Dr. Cortes mentions that relationship on his website. But there is no real proof that the Zika virus causes microcephaly in babies that are born to mothers with the Zika virus. Dr. Cortes says there is strong evidence that microcephaly and the Zika virus are related even though that relationship has not been confirmed by the medical community.
According to the Ministry of Health of Brazil it is important that pregnant women or women that are trying to get pregnant take special precautions, and stay away from the breeding grounds of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Pregnant women are at greater risk, even though there is no concrete proof that the Zika virus will cause the birth defect known as microcephaly.
The Ministry of Health in Brazil has spent an enormous amount of money and time trying to get to the bottom of this health crisis. Dr. Cortes has more information about the virus on his LinkedIn page. He also has a Twitter account. People follow Dr. Cortes on his Facebook page as well.