Sergio Cortes is a very well known Dr. in the country of Brazil. He is the Secretary of Health and he is very interested in informing the citizens of Brazil about how and why to prevent the Zika virus. Zika is a disease that was first discovered in the 1940s, and it was discovered in certain African countries. After the disease was discovered in Africa it soon spread throughout Asia. Within the last few years there have been many outbreaks of the Zika virus in South America as well. Brazil is one of the main countries that have had a Zika epidemic ever since April 2015.
Even though Zika in itself is not a deadly disease, it is definitely a disease that an individual does not want to have. Some of the common symptoms of Zika are the following: fever, rash, achy body and fatigue. Generally the symptoms of Zika will last anywhere from 3 to 7 days. There has been recent research that has proven that Zika can also be the cause of Gilliain-barre syndrome. Gillian-barre is a serious disease that affects the autoimmune system and the neurological system. It has been found that many of the areas that were worst affected with with Zika in Brazil also have the most cases of microcephaly. For that reason it is very important for individuals to do all they can to prevent the disease.
Zika is a disease that is not contagious; it is only spread when a certain type of mosquito bites a person. Everyone should be concerned with preventing the disease, and pregnant woman in particular should do all that they can to avoid the Zika virus. In order to avoid the virus there are certain steps that an individual can take. The first thing that is very important is to try to keep the body covered when it is at all possible. It is also important to make sure that there are screens on all doors and windows; Sleeping with a mosquito net can also prevent mosquito bites. Even though the Zika virus has been all over the news because of the people that have been affected in Brazil, a person can take certain measures to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes.