There is not much progress in the battle to curb the spread of the Zika virus. In fact, the virus is spreading faster than anyone expected. There are thousands of reported cases in other South American countries. Colombia seems to be right behind Brazil, but Venezuela is reporting more case every day. Doctor Sergio Cortes has been involved in finding out more about the Zika virus as reported by niteroi for the last ten months, and he believes the researchers are making progress in terms of understanding the genome data they have accumulated from the virus so far.
Dr. Cortes posts information about Zika on his official website. The most important information Cortes posted on Sergiocortesoficial.com recently was the fact that researchers say there is a connection between Zika and Microcephaly. Microcephaly is the disease that cause brain damage in fetuses. Babies born with the disease have abnormally shaped heads and underdeveloped heads. The number of microcephaly cases in Brazil continues to increase, and so does the number of Zika virus cases.
Researchers now believe that the Zika virus outbreak could be much bigger than the 2014 and 2015 outbreak of Ebola. The Ebola virus killed more than 11,000 people. The Zika virus has always been considered a non-life-threatening virus, but new information is changing that opinion. The Zika virus behavior, once it enters the human body, is still a huge mystery. What researchers do know is the virus acts differently than the virus that was first identified in Africa in the 1950s.
Scientist now think that the virus may cause a range of issues from impaired vision, hearing loss and even intellectual issues, but there is no scientific proof that the Zika virus has those capabilities. Even the United States Olympic Committee is warning athletes to stay away from Brazil in August. The committee is concerned that what is unknown about the virus could affect the athletes if they are infected.
Dr. Cortes has posted several articles about the Zika virus on his LinkedIn page. Cortes said that no one knows what the long-term impact of Zika may be, and this is the United States Olympic Committee’s major concern.
Researchers are working to develop a vaccine for the Zika virus. So far, the researchers have hit a brick wall because there’s not enough information about the virus. The new genome data that researchers in Rio shared recently will help fill in some of the unknowns. A few researchers say a vaccine may be coming this year. Dr. Cortes tweets current Zika information to his followers. Cortes also has a Facebook page filled with Zika and microcephaly comments.