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Sergio Coates Helps Demystify the Zika Virus

Marilia Lima claimed that she and her 21/2 months old son have been abandoned by the Brazil state. Her son, Arthur, is one of the 3,500 babies that are born with a birth defect referred to as microcephaly. It is linked to the Zika virus that was discovered in Brazil last year. There has been no proven cause-and-effect but international and Brazil doctors believe there is a connection.

When Lima was pregnant she caught this mosquito-borne virus and as by that time Zika was not well known her doctors assured her not to get worried. However, on her subsequent prenatal checkup, they noticed there were some serious issues with her unborn baby. Eventually the child was born with a small head that looks as if it had a vise placed atop it, a typical sign of microcephaly. It comes with brain damage that is severe and affects the mental and physical development of a child.

Arthur is constantly fretful and difficult to soothe. He does not even suckle well and experiences problems with his hip, eyes and the bones on his arms and legs. The Sociologist cum Lawyer states that she just has to help her son with all his needs of course with the support of the family, husband and friends. She claims that the government has forgotten about her and the dozens of other parents suffering the same plight. She adds that there has been a dengue epidemic which is also carried by the same mosquito that spreads the Zika virus but the authorities have been neglecting the mosquito eradication efforts. This has encouraged the wide spreading of Zika. She is referred from one doctor to the other probably due to their non-understanding of the situation as it is a new one. However, Brazil is deploying army personnel to eradicate this mosquito that carries it and funding researches that are aimed at finding a vaccine for Zika. (Read the Full Story Here)

Sergio Cortes on Differentiating Dengue virus and Zika virus symptoms

Recently it has been discovered on NPR.org that Aedes aegypti is also responsible for spreading the chikungunya and zika viruses apart from the known dengue virus. Dr. Cortes says that the symptoms of these three diseases are very similar and could be confused easily. They include red spots appearing on the skin, high fever, body aches, muscle and eyes. Dengue symptoms stand out in one having pain behind the eyes and muscle. The stand out symptoms of zika virus is red eyes and itching in the cup. He also adds that treatments for these viruses are under study but for now hydration by mouth or intravenously to whey-based is used. Hydration ought to be followed by five days complete rest to restore the body vigor. (More Information here)

The symptoms of zika virus do not seem like very serious ones and it is possible for the disease to be controlled as well as being cured. However, it is connected to microcephaly which worries doctors more. Dr. Cortes advises on dino.com pregnant women or those planning to get pregnant to avoid certain places and protect themselves against insects that sting generally. (Click here for More measures) Dr. Cortes can be followed on Twitter and LinkedIn.