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Dr. Sergio Cortes wants people to be informed of the Zika virus, its symptoms, how to prevent it and what to do if you think you are afflicted with the virus. This is why Dr. Sergio Cortes has published a complete page that is focused solely on discussing the Zika virus and its effects on his official website.
Sergio Cortes begins his description on of the Zika virus by describing its origins and spread. Zika is thought to have originated somewhere in Africa in countries such as Uganda, Tanzania and Sierra Leone. Later the Zika virus spread to Asia and was confirmed in the countries of India and Thailand.

In 2015, Zika was confirmed in North, Central and South America, with Brazil, Columbia and Mexico being hit the hardest. The potential for Zika to spread rapidly throughout Central, North and South America made the World Health Organization label Zika as a possible pandemic virus that could rapidly spread and infect millions of individuals.

The Symptoms Of The Zika Virus

The Zika virus is non-life threatening most of the time. Symptoms of the disease often subside within a period of three to seven days. Symptoms of the Zika virus can be different from person to person, but medical experts have singled out fever, rashes and muscle aches and pains as the prime symptoms of being infected with the Zika virus.

Due to the very general symptoms of the Zika virus, it is difficult to gauge whether a person actually has the virus or is ill with another virus such as dengue fever or chikungunya. Zika, dengue, and chikungaya are all considered to be tropical diseases and they are all spread by a common vector, the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

Dr. Cortes says that if you think you have Zika, it is best to see a doctor right away. Diagnosis of Zika, Sergio Cortes admits has a long way to go. In Brazil, only a handful of medical facilities have the capability to accurately diagnose whether a patient has the virus or not. For now, medical staff must rely on just monitoring symptoms and finding out where the patients have been to diagnose whether a person has Zika or not.

Zika In Brazil

The Zika outbreak in Brazil began in April of last year. Since the first reported case of Zika in April, the number of reported and confirmed cases has risen. While the virus itself is not dangerous, the links between birth defects and possible neurological disorders such as Guillain-Barré syndrome appearing after the virus has passed is very worrisome to health officials. The health department of Brazil is doing research on Zika and trying to fast track a possible cure for the disease which is in the later stages of development right now.