Sergio Cortes is the secretary of health in Brazil and he spoke on sergiocortesoficial.com about the Zika virus. The Zika virus actually emerged in the 1940s and it was first identified in some African countries such as Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Tanzania. The virus next spread all throughout Asia. In 2015 the virus began to go to countries in Latin America that included Brazil Columbia and Mexico. The World Health Organization issued a warning about the dangers that this disease could produce.
The Zika virus was first identified in Brazil in April and since then an increasing number of individuals have come down with this disease. The Zika virus has caused great concern when it comes to the health of the country, and even though the symptoms of Zika do not get serious, Dr. Cortes is still very worried about the disease. It could be the cause of problems such as microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome. As of now it has been shown that Zika is not contagious and it cannot be transmitted from one person to another..
There are many different symptoms of Zika and they are not generally aggressive. They usually last for about 3 to 7 days and the symptoms include the following: fever, muscle aches, and rash. The only way to diagnoses to get diseases through an exam and it is best to see a doctor if any symptoms similar to the Zika disease.
There are still no treatments available for the Zika disease, and people who are infected can use anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers as long as they are under proper medical supervision. As far as pregnancy goes, it has been stated that women that are planning to get pregnant should take special measures to avoid the Zika virus which could be a factor in microcephaly. The best thing to do is try to avoid bug bites in general. That means using clothes that cover the majority of the body, using mosquito repellent, and putting protective screens on the home.
At the moment Brazil is experiencing epidemic of the Zika disease and for that reason it is best to try to prevent the transmission of the disease. The most important thing is to avoid standing water even if it is in small objects because that is the breeding ground for mosquitoes. It is good to use protective screens on homes and install mosquito nets around beds as well.