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Sexual Contact May Be Another Way The Zika Virus Is Spreading According To Brazilian Doctor Sergio Cortes

The Zika virus is making headline news. Brazil was the first country to report Zika virus news to the world even though the virus has been bouncing around the globe for more than five decades. Brazil’s top medical advisor, Sergio Cortes, has become an expert in identifying Zika symptoms, but being an expert doesn’t mean he knows why the virus is spreading as fast as it is. Dr. Cortes keeps people up-to-date on Zika news on his official website.
New information about the virus is pouring into research laboratories around the world. New cases of the virus keep coming in from unsuspecting countries. The latest countries to experience Zika cases are France and Slovakia. The virus has reached epidemic proportions in South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico. The southern states of Mexico are reporting more cases, and the number of Zika cases in the United States continues to increase.
The World Health Organization had to issue a warning about the Zika virus because it is spreading so quickly. The virus is not always dangerous, but it can be. Pregnant women that are infected could deliver babies with microcephaly. Microcephaly causes brain damage. The World Health Organization is also warning people that they could develop a condition known as Guillain-Barré syndrome. That disease cause paralysis and in some cases death. Dr. Cortes believes the spike in newborn cases of microcephaly is directly related to the Zika virus. He tweets about microcephaly research and Zika virus transmission frequently.
One of the unanswered question right now is why is the virus spreading so quickly in areas where the Aedes aegypti mosquito is not breeding. Dr. Cortes addresses that question on his Facebook page. Cortes believes the virus is being spread by human contact. There is some evidence that 14 people in the United States were infected by sexual contact.
Researchers now know that the virus stays in the semen, urine and saliva of infected individuals longer than the physical symptoms, according to posts on the Cortes LinkedIn page. The virus has also been discovered in amniotic fluid, and in the brains of fetuses. It’s too early to concretely say that sexual contact is a transmission vehicle, or that the virus causes brain damage in infants, but there are reasons to believe that is the case.
If the Zika virus is spread by sexual or other human contact, the number of people that could be infected with the virus in the next six months is staggering. In the United States alone, the World Health Organization is predicting 4 million cases. Europe and Australia could produce another 8 million cases, but those figures are only estimates. The actual number of cases could be much higher, according to some health officials.