The Zika virus outbreak in Brazil is creating panic in other countries. Even though strains of the Zika Virus have been around for years, not much is known about the virus. Brazil knows the virus can create a wave of hysteria because there are signs that Zika and the condition known as microcephaly are related. Dr. Sergio Cortes, the Ministry of Health’s chief medical experts, believes the Zika virus and the number of microcephaly cases reported in the last 10 months have a connection. But the biological details of that connection is unclear at this point.
Dr. Cortes and his team of medical experts are trying to put the scientific pieces together. The team has been successful in identifying the virus in the amniotic fluid of two women that delivered babies with microcephaly. That may not be enough evidence for some people, but according to Dr. Cortes post on sergiocortesoficial.com, it does mean the virus may have played a part in the arrested development of those two babies.
There are other theories about the cause of microcephaly. Some doctors say the larvicide that is used in that program contaminates the drinking water in those rural areas. The doctors say that is the reason babies are not developing normally. The larvicide genetically alters newborn mosquitoes, and it appears it might do the same thing to the unborn human fetus.
Dr. Cortes has an extensive amount of information about the situation on his official website, and it’s worth reading. Cortes has done a considerable amount of research on the Zika virus and microcephaly, but he says more research is needed to determine the exact cause of the birth defects.
The goal right now is to develop a vaccine that slows down the Zika virus, and to try to determine the real cause of the microcephaly outbreak. More than 3,500 cases have been reported so far, and Cortes and his staff think there could be thousands more. A vaccine will help control the Zika virus, but controlling the number of microcephaly is still an unknown based on the theories that are circulating on the Internet.
To read what Dr. Cortes and his staff knows about the Zika Virus visit his LinkedIn page. Dr. Cortes also has posts about the situation in Brazil on his Facebook page. Tweet Dr. Cortes with questions about the microcephaly outbreak.