Dr. Sergio Cortes has developed an analysis of the current epidemic of the Zika virus, a virus spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito in parts of northern Africa and Asia. The mosquito that transmits the disease is able to easily adapt to multiple environments in order to reproduce and though it prefers clean water, has shown the remarkable ability to reproduce in climates that are vastly different from one and other. Dr. Cortes cited records from recent research which showed that these mosquitos can lay eggs that have the ability to remain immobile for periods up to one full year until they come in contact with a water supply in which to develop. The extreme adaptability and survival instinct that is possessed by these carrier mosquitos is a highly contributing factor to the rapid development of the Zika virus.
After it has been successfully transmitted to a human bloodstream, the Zika virus can cause immediate signs and symptoms. While the symptoms are usually not life threatening, they can cause the affected person to suffer for many days before the symptoms disappear. The normal amount of time it takes for the disease to enter, affect, and leave the body is about 3 to 7 days with symptoms lasting the entire time. Dr. Sergio Cortes states that the effects of the virus can vary from person to person and that while one person may experience severe symptoms, another person may experience mild symptoms. The most common symptoms reported by patients with the Zika virus are fever, joint and muscle pain, and rash.
Dr. Sergio Cortes also discussed diagnostic options in his analysis of the Zika virus. He explained the fact that there is currently only one test available to diagnose the virus. Because the disease is relatively new, scientist and medical professionals are still in the process of creating and implementing new and advanced methods for diagnosing patients with the virus. The exam that is available to diagnose patients is available in only three medical institutions in the world. Because of the difficulty involved with getting local patients diagnosed with the Zika virus, most medical professionals can only diagnose patients by assessing the symptoms that they present. When a patient displays several symptoms of the Zika virus, medical professionals are instructed to treat the patient for the virus if they are located in the areas where the virus is known to be rapidly increasing. Since there is no cure for the virus, the treatment is only for the symptoms presented. Find out more about Dr. Sergio Cortes’ analysis of the Zika virus by reading his original article on his official website.