Sergio Cortes Weights in on Zika Virus

Feeling abandoned by their government, the parents of approximately 3,500 babies born in Brazil are left with no answers or cures for their babies born with microcephaly. The birth defect is thought to be caused by the Zika virus, though there is no definitive research yet.
Lima was a victim of the Zika virus. She caught the mosquito-borne illness during her pregnancy. At the time, no one knew much about Zika and Lima was told not to worry, but it soon became clear that something was wrong. At a prenatal checkup doctors discovered problems with the fetus. Arthur, Lima’s son, was born with a very small head that looked as if it had been placed in a vice. The misshapen head is called microcephaly, and also causes severe brain damage that will affect all the child’s physical and mental development.
Lima has noticed that Arthur seems uncomfortable, he is often fussy, and he doesn’t suckle well. While trying to cope with her sons illness, she is still struggling to grasp the full reality of the situation. She feels as though the government has abandoned them, and shirked their responsibility. Brazil had an epidemic of dengue, which is carried by the same mosquitos that carry Zika, and the government failed to provide adequate eradication efforts. She has also felt left behind by the medical facilities, simply being transferred from one doctor to another and so on. NPR
Well established and respected on noticias Brazilian doctor Sergio Cortes has spoken on the issue plaguing the country, and the work being done to find a cure. Cortes has stated that the disease is new and so far the main factor in determining it is not similar diseases is the intense itching in the hands and extremely red eyes. He is also not as quick to blame Zika for microcephaly. While it seems the two are related, research on is still being done to determine, for certain, that this is the case. Cortes goes on to state that at this time there is no known antiviral medication or drug to cure or prevent the disease, and the current treatment for Zika is still being studied. At current, he recommends to maintain proper hydration and plenty of rest for five days before returning to any physical activities. Cortes also noted that the Butantan Institute in Sao Paulo has been working on an antidote to combat the disease, and it is currently in it’s second state of testing. He expects that it should soon be passing to the third state and will be manufactured on an industrial scale.
Information from Dr. Sergo Cortes obtained from R7 Noticias