When the world learned that the Zika Virus was a major health concern in Brazil, officials from other government health organizations started to hunt down the mosquitoes that are responsible for spreading the Zika virus in their countries. The main concern that countries around the world have is the number of cases of microcephaly that were reported in the same Northeast region of Brazil as the Zika virus cases. Zika virus symptoms are usually not severe, but microcephaly is a serious condition in newborn babies. Babies with microcephaly are born with smaller heads and brain damage. The lifespan of the infected babies is cut short by the disease.
Dr. Sergio Cortes of sergiocortesoficial, the chief medical doctor in Brazil, thinks the Zika virus has infected millions of Brazilian even though reported cases of the virus are much less that number. There is no way to detect the virus other than observation, according to a niteroi report by Dr. Cortes. People usually have a fever, muscle aches and a rash for 3 to 7 days, and then the symptoms disappear. The virus cannot be passed from human to human, but there are reports that a man returning from Africa passed the disease to his wife during sexual intercourse.
There are several theories circulating around the Internet about the relationship between the Zika virus and microcephaly. The Brazilian government believes the virus can cause microcephaly in pregnant women, and that theory sent a bolt of fear through the rest of the world. Dr. Cortes explains the relationship between the Zika virus and microcephaly on his official website. Cortes does say that more research needs to be done before the Brazilian theory becomes scientific fact.
Another theory that is gaining ground is the opinion of the University Network of Environment and Health. That theory claims that Pyriproxyfen, the larvicide that is used to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito, has seeped into the drinking water. The drinking water that is contaminated by the chemical is responsible for the microcephaly outbreak. There are several doctors in Argentina and Brazil that believe Pyriproxyfen is the primary cause of microcephaly, but the Brazilian government says there is no scientific proof to back up that theory either.
For more information about the Zika virus and microcephaly visit the Dr. Cortes LinkedIn page. Cortes has a Facebook page, and there is more information about him there. Dr. Cortes also uses Twitter to update his followers.