Sergio Cortes Labors to Address Threat of New Zika Virus

With the new Zika virus threat in South America, and especially in Brazil, comes harm to unborn babies when their mothers contract the virus. A pregnant woman can survive the virus, but often there are complications from the virus that causes brain damaging microcephaly. Babies born with microcephaly have smaller heads, are uneasy, hard to calm, and easily upset. The accompanying brain damage causes many mental and physical problems that are completely debilitating. Typically, these babies will only live until about 10 years old, though a few have lived as long as 30 years.

One of these cases of newborn microcephaly is the son of a woman named Marilla Lima, who lives in an upscale area of Natal, in Brazil. She is somewhat traumatized by the situation with her son, who requires special full time care around the clock. Like so many microcephaly cases, her son cannot feel at ease, is easily upset and cannot nurse to feed normally.

Specifically, she believes much more could have been done to limit the spread of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is the carrier of the Zika virus as well as two others: the chikungunya and dengue viruses. There are more than 3,500 other babies born the same way, after their mothers were pregnant with them and contracted Zika.

The first step in combating this dangerous virus is to understand on  dino.com what its unique symptoms are. That is why the country’s Health Minister, Dr. Sergio Cortes, is teaching all his the healthcare people in the field to detect small differences in victims’ symptoms that can help correctly identify which virus is present. The baseline symptoms are the same or 3 different viruses, all carried by the same mosquito: zika, dengue, and chikungunya. The common symptoms are aches in the muscles, high fever, eye pains, and skin covered in red sores.

To learn to differentiate between these 3 diseases, Dr. Cortes points out the following. The zika virus produces red eyes and deep itching in the eye cup. The chikungunya virus produces very pronounced pain in all the joints. Finally, the dengue virus produces very sharp pain behind the eyes and in the muscles. He said he is watching to see the results of a study to determine whether the same patient can possibly get all three viruses simultaneously.

Medical researchers have studied zika since it first emerged in Brazil in May of 2015. Although they admit they have not yet produced any hard science that proves zika produces microcephaly in embryos, there is strong anecdotal evidence that it does. Read more where this information was originally published here: Zika Affected Her Baby and here: Dr. Sergio Cortes Ensina Como Diferenciar Dengue y Zika.