Zika is a growing health problem that is being spread by the Aedes aegypti which is a common type of mosquito in Brazil. This particular insect has always been responsible for the spread of this disease. The Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 in the forest of Uganda. As a matter of fact, the name Zika is the same name as the particular forested area where the Virus was found. After its initial discovery in Uganda, Zika was transported to other tropical regions of the world. People traveling from Africa to Brazil carried the disease with them to that particular country.
Zika thrives in tropical regions. Mosquitoes are constantly present in tropical regions where it is warm and moist for many days out of the year. Once infected people started to arrive in Brazil the Aedes aegypti started to feed off them. The infected mosquitoes then began to spread the disease by biting other people and transmitting it to them. When a disease is spread from insect to human it is known as an arbovirus. Zika has a lot in common with other diseases that are spread in this manner including dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya. Mosquitoes are key transmitters of these diseases.
Dr. Sergio Cortes is a very prominent doctor within the nation of Brazil. He is nationally and internationally known for his medical knowledge and ability. The recent Zika outbreak in Brazil has prompted the doctor to provide some practical advice for people who live in Brazil and for foreigners traveling to this area.
Dr.Cortes warns pregnant women from other countries to stay away from Brazil. He also says that women who are capable of giving birth should avoid it as well. Young adult and middle aged Brazilian women who can still have babies should stay inside as much as possible. If they have to go outside they should wear loose fitting clothing that is able to protect their arms and legs.
The local residents of Brazil must also become very vigilant about moving any standing water source that is not from nature. Mosquitoes love to lay eggs in water and if there is a lot of it lying around; then their population is going to dramatically increase. Fewer standing water sources means fewer mosquitoes. Wearing bug repellent and using mosquito netting are two other ways that people can protect themselves from this pest.
Dr. Cortes uses his website to provide more information about Zika. The article on his site about Zika is titled Find out more about Zika virus with Sergio Cortes. People who are also interested in following Dr. Cortes can link up with him through Facebook. Dr. Cortes’s advice and information is practical and very useful for helping people to keep clear from this disease.