It’s very helpful when doctors, especially ones as well-educated as Dr. Sergio Cortes, explained on sergiocortesofficial.com imminent health threats in plain, everyday language that everyone can easily understand. Getting information out to the public regarding the Zika virus is vital; the article Find Out More About Zika Virus With Sergio Cortes, from his personal blog, gives people the tools they need to lessen their chances of contracting the virus. Since Zika is now definitely linked to microcephaly, a birth defect affecting infant’s development, it is imperative that pregnant women avoid contracting the Zika virus. The virus is not contagious; people cannot catch it from another person who has the virus, however, when a mosquito that stings a person who has the Zika virus, the mosquito will carry the virus to the next person it bites. This is making it difficult for Brazilian officials to contain the virus, although they are working very hard to eradicate as many mosquitoes as possible.
Avoiding any location where mosquitoes are present in the best way to avoid contracting the Zika virus. Window screens and mosquito netting will help keep mosquitoes out of homes and removing containers from yards that might hold water will keep mosquitoes from using the standing water as a place to lay their eggs. Wearing long clothing that covers the arms and legs will also help prevent mosquito bites. Dr. Sergio Cortes also suggests that people call their Municipal Health Department if they see containers with stagnant water on property that they do not have access to, such as vacant lots or in uncooperative neighbor’s yards.
As Dr. Cortes explains in a Dino article, symptoms of the virus include red spots on the skin, body aches and a high fever. The symptoms are very similar to the symptoms of the Chikungunya virus. In both cases, individuals should consult a doctor, drink plenty of water and rest as much as possible. A physician may prescribe painkillers, however, aspirin is not recommended because of its anticoagulant properties.
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