Sergio Cortes: Zika Virus Linked Microcephaly Cases Spike in Brazil

In the early 1940’s the primary cases of zika virus infection first were recorded. The viral infection first started to appear in some African nations primarily in the nations of Uganda, Tanzania and the country of Sierra Leone. It would only take a few years time, reports Dr. Sergio Cortes, for the zika virus infection to make its way to the Asian continent, and nations like Thailand and India.
In 2015 many cases of zika virus infection started to show up in Latin American nations. The three countries at the forefront of zika virus cases were Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. A growing number of zika virus infections alerted the World Health Organization (WHO) which released warnings to the general public about the symptoms of zika virus infection and the possible detrimental health impacts particularly for pregnant women. My women were advised to delay pregnancy for more than a year because of the dangers posed by zika virus infection.

In April of 2015, the first cases of zika virus were reported in the nation of Brazil. From the month of April 2015 and forward, the frequency of zika virus reports started to increase exponentially in hundreds of Brazilian cities. This became of increasing concern to health care professionals who didn’t have much experience with zika cases and there are currently no known drugs to prevent infection. Dr. Sergio Cortes, says that symptoms of infection are generally mild and can be treated or pass on there own within a weeks time. However, doctors are the most concerned by the link between zika and microcephaly, and maybe with Guillain-BarrĂ© disorder. These disorders are typified by the defective formation of the skull and brain damage in the developing human fetus. Dr. Sergio Cortes describes Guillain-Barre syndrome as a neurological disease that is possibly identified with zika infection. A casual relationship between zika virus infection with microcephaly was announced by the Brazilian Ministry of Health.

Sergio Cortes is a trained medical doctor with a degree in medicine from the University Souza Marques. Dr. Cortes studied medicine both in Brazil, the United States of America and other several other international locations. Dr. Cortes has a wide range of extensive experience in the area of public health administration and has held distinguished roles such as Secretary General of Health. For more information you can visit his official website. You can also follow him on social media at LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.