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Dr. Sergio Cortes’s Advice on Zika February 26, 2016

The Zika virus is a fairly new phenomenon, with evidence of the virus dating back to the 1940’s. The first people to display signs of the virus were inhabitants of African countries, such as Sierra Leone and Tanzania. According to Dr. Sergio Cortes, the disease has spread to other countries around the world as well.
Very recently (as of 2015), Zika has been a regional problem affecting the health of residents in over nine Latin American countries, such as Mexico, Colombia and Brazil. This caused the World Health Organization (WHO) to warn the world of of this disease, the symptoms it causes, and the consequences of not getting receiving treatment.
The first case of Zika in Brazil was recorded in April of 2015, and has spread throughout the continent rapidly since then. This outbreak has raised concerns for health experts in Brazil. Luckily though, the symptoms of the Zika virus aren’t very serious and the disease can be cured as quickly as it is spreading. This is according to Dr. Cortes, who also says that the main concern regarding the virus is the links between it and other disorders, such as microcephaly and Gullian-Barre syndrome.

Dr. Sergio Cortes is a licensed medical expert who states that Guillain-Barre syndrome affects the neurological and autoimmunity systems of the human body. According to research done by the WHO, Guillain-Barre syndrome may be linked to Zika. The relationship between Zika and microcephaly was confirmed in late August, 2015 after it was found that the regions most affected by microcephaly are the same ones that are impacted by the ZIka virus.
Dr. Cortes has selected some key issues to help people understand more about the Zika virus.

• How the Virus is Spread
The virus is non-contagious and cannot be spread between humans. The only way to acquire Zika is to be bitten by the mosquito species, Aedes aegypti. However, Dr. Cortes says that if an uninfected mosquito bites someone, then it will become contaminated. In turn, this will cause the disease to spread once the same mosquito bites another person.

• Symptoms
Symptoms of the Zika virus are very mild and usually only last up to a week. Dr. Cortes says that these symptoms will not be the same with everyone, but the most typical signs of infections are fever, aches, and rashes. As of right now, there are no other known indicators or examinations to learn about the virus. The only way to receive a diagnosis is through a complicated exam, which is offered by three units of Fiocruz throughout Brazil.

• Treatment
According to Dr. Cortes, the type of appropriate treatment will vary by the person’s symptoms. Because of this, there is no specific treatment to cure the disease. Often, anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers are prescribed to counteract the symptoms of Zika. Dr. Cortes warns that products with acetylsalicylic acid in their makeup should be avoided, as this can cause bleeding in patients.

Dr. Sergio Cortes is a trained surgeon with credentials in orthopedics from the University Souza Marques, as well as institutions outside of Brazil. A quality orthopedic, the WHO honored him in 2002 . You can learn more about Dr. Cortes by visiting his website at:
More information about Sergio Cortes can also be found on his social media sites. You can learn more about Dr. Cortes by following him on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn in the links listed.

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