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Medical professionals around the world agree with Dr. Cortes

Brazilian Doctor Sergio Cortes Said South Australia Health Authorities Issued A Public Warning After The First Case Of The Zika Virus Was Reported
There have 14 cases of the Zika virus reported in Australia this year. Australia had a minor outbreak of the virus in 2012 and again in 2015. The recent case involved a man who was infected during a trip to the Caribbean. The World Health Organization issued a statement about the countries involved in the spread of the Zika virus, and Australia is one of them. This first case was a typical case. The man recovered after experiencing flu-like symptoms. Brazil’s top medical expert, Sergio Cortes posted an article on his official website that said the Zika virus knows no borders.
Medical professionals around the world agree with Dr. Cortes. Brazil may have been the first country to experience a severe outbreak of Zika, but there could be other countries that will have a more serious outbreak when summer arrives in the Northern Hemisphere. Cortes has been eating and sleeping with Zika virus information for most of 2015. He shares a lot of that information on his LinkedIn page. Even though Zika is not considered an illness that leads to death, deaths do occur from the virus. About 5 percent of the people that come down with Guillain-Barré syndrome after being infected with the virus die.
But not everyone that is infected with Zika develops complications from the virus. But pregnant women are definitely at risk, according to Dr. Cortes. The outbreak of microcephaly in Brazil proved to him that there is a connection between Zika and the birth defects that microcephaly babies are born with. The doctor often tweets about those defects to make future mothers aware of the risk involved if they are bitten by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Dr. Cortes recommends wearing loose-fitting clothes that cover the entire body. He also recommend using a DEET on those clothes on his Facebook page. In the area of Brazil where the virus first appeared, loose-fitting clothes are not an option for most people. The Northeastern section of Brazil is hot, humid and relatively wet most of the year. The Aedes aegypti mosquito thrives in countries all over the world and programs to eradicate that species have failed in the past. More than 46 countries have cases of Zika virus right now, and by spring that number should double or triple.
The World Health Organization does consider the Zika virus epidemic an international public health emergency because of the unconfirmed relationship the virus has with microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome.
Researchers are working on a vaccine, but it won’t be available until the end of 2016, according to Dr. Cortes. The only way to avoid infection is to stay away from the Aedes aegypti mosquito, stay away from people that have the virus, and wear clothes like its winter all year long.