Brazilian Doctor Sergio Cortes Thinks The Zika Virus May Play A Role In Microcephaly Cases And The Evidence Is Growing

Doctor Sergio Cortes has been studying Zika Virus cases since the first case of the virus was reported in Brazil last April. A group of Brazilian researchers have mapped Zika virus genetic data, and that research shows evidence the Zika and microcephaly are related. How and when the virus invades the fetus is still a mystery. But Cortes believes researchers are getting closer to answering those question now that the United States is reporting cases of the Zika virus in pregnant women in several states.
The Zika virus may be new to North and South America, but cases of Zika have been reported in Africa and Asia for more than 60 years. The symptoms of the virus are usually flu-like symptoms. Infected people usually have a fever, rash and muscle aches for up to 7 days. Microcephaly has also been around for years. In 2014, 200 births showed signs of microcephaly. The signs are an unusually small and odd shaped head and brain underdevelopment and damage. In 2015, after the Zika virus outbreak in Brasil, more than 4,000 cases of microcephaly were reported to the Brazilian Ministry of Health.
Field studies of the virus in Brazil pointed to a relationship between Zika and microcephaly, but there isn’t enough evidence to confirm the connection. Now that nine American pregnant women tested positive for Zika, researchers in the U.S. and Brazil can get closer to solving the mystery. Of the nine pregnant women with Zika, two of them had abortions, and two had miscarriages. One of the women gave birth to a baby with birth defects. Two other women gave birth to healthy babies and two are still pregnant.
The different outcomes of those nine pregnant women are the same outcomes Dr. Cortes has seen in Brazil. Some pregnant women with the Zika virus deliver healthy babies while other women deliver babies with microcephaly or with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. There are still unknown factors that are stumping the experts, according to Dr. Cortes. Some experts say the current Zika virus could be a mutant form of the African Zika virus. Dr. Cortes talks about the Zika virus on his official website. Cortes thinks a vaccine for the virus could be coming this year if researchers have enough volunteers to conduct a study on how the virus acts from start to finish in the human body.
There have been 147 cases of the Zika virus in 24 American states. Dr. Cortes has Zika virus facts, the number of reported cases and questions about microcephaly on his LinkedIn page. Dr. Cortes updates his website and his LinkedIn page on a regular basis.