Although the Zika virus is just hitting the news now, it first appeared in the 40’s according to the official blog of Dr. Sergio Cortes. It was first diagnosed in countries in Africa such as Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Uganda. The virus slowly spread over the years into Asia into countries such as Thailand and India but it was not until 2015 that it began to make rounds in Latin America. Its presence in countries such as Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil has become so large that the World Health Organization has been forced to call it a health emergency due to its potential complications.
The major concern over the Zika virus started in April and since then the number of people affected has risen substantially. Dr. Sergio Cortes, stated that most of the time the virus does not cause serious symptoms and therefore it can be controlled, but the issue that is of high concern is pregnant women that catch the virus. This is due to the fact that the Zika virus has been linked to both microcephaly and possibly Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Dr. Sergio Cortes is a medical expert with a vast amount of time spent in the medical field. A quick look at his LinkedIn profile reveals that he has served as the State Health Secretary of Rio de Janeiro and worked as the Chairman of the National Instituted of Traumatology and Orthopedics. Currently he is working as the Chief Medical Officer Executive Director.
Dr. Cortes recognizes the danger of the Zika virus explaining that Guillian-Barre syndrome is a vey severe neurological disease and microcephaly and the Zika virus has already been confirmed by the Brazilian Ministry of Health in August.
He first states that it is not contagious, but is instead contracted through the bite of a mosquito. Therefore, it is safe to be by others that have the disease becase they cannot pass it on to others.
The problem is that the mosquito that carries the Zika virus will lay her eggs in clean water in almost any location making it possible for the mosquito to pop up anywhere.