The Zika virus has been getting a lot of attention lately. Brazil has put up a red flag and countries around the world are reacting to it. The issue, according to the top medical doctor in Brazil, is the relationship between the Zika virus and microcephaly. Microcephaly is a serious disease that damages brain functions, and the disease has an unusual impact on the appearance of babies with the condition. Dr. Cortes thinks there is a direct link between the two disorders, but the doctor also said that more research is needed to prove that theory scientifically.
Dr. Cortes and his medical team on Linked In have been dealing with an outbreak of the Zika virus since April 2015. There were a few cases reported on sergiocortesoficial in previous years, but the virus spread at an accelerated rate in the Northeast region of Brazil in 2015. The rapid spread of the virus prompted the Brazilian government to increase their Aedes aegypti mosquito breeding ground eradication program in that area. Brazil uses a chemical developed by a Japanese firm to alter the genetic process in the mosquitoes. The chemical, Pyriproxyfen, is a lethal mixture that is harmful to humans.
The extent of the damage Pyriproxyfen can do to humans in unknown, but some medical professionals in Brazil and Argentina believe that larvicide is responsible for the microcephaly cases. There is no evidence that Pyriproxyfen is the cause, but the doctors say, of the more than 400 cases of microcephaly reported, only 17 of the mothers had symptoms of the Zika virus. It is true that the virus did turn up in the amniotic fluid of two women during pregnancy, but that is not enough proof to list the Zika virus as the main cause of the condition.
Dr. Cortes has more information about the relationship between the Zika virus and microcephaly on his official website. Cortes thinks that more information is needed to link the two disorders scientifically, because scientists don’t understand the biological link between the virus and the deadly baby disease.
Professor Jim Whitworth, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said that although the current research cannot prove the link, the study does strengthen the body of evidence that the Zika virus is responsible for the microcephaly outbreak.