How to Differentiate Between Zika and Dengue Symptoms According to Dr. Sergio Cortes

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Dr. Sergio Cortes explains ways of differentiating symptoms of dengue from those of Zika. This is according to an article on NoticiasR7.
Apart from dengue, Aedes aegypti was recently discovered to be behind the transmission of the zika and chikungunya viruses. Experts note that the symptoms of these three diseases are similar. According to Dr. Sergio Cortes, the symptoms include body, eye, and muscle aches in addition to high fever and red spots on the skin. The diseases can be differentiated especially with the emergence of the new virus caused by mosquito. The major symptom with dengue as compared to the other diseases is the muscle pain behind the eyes.
Bruno Del Guerra, a representative of the Epidemiological Surveillance Itapetininga, notes that some symptoms are predominant in every disease. This clarifies the similarities between the symptoms of chikungunya and zika virus. With the zika virus, the signs are itching in the cup as well as red eyes. For chikungunya, the pains are more intense.
However, the microcephaly that is associated with the present index in newborns is still in study. This makes it difficult to establish the severity levels of the zika virus. Dr. Cortes points out that the cure for the diseases are presently under study based on expert’s information. As of now, the treatment should be conducted through hydration via the mouth or intravenously if necessary, in health facilities. This should be followed with a five-day total rest to re-establish physical vigor.
According to Dr. Sergio Cortes, the Butantan Institute in Sao Paulo has been working on an antidote to counter the disease for four years. It is on the second stage and the institute expects it to pass to the third stage before it can be produced in large scale. Scientists hope that the drug will be approved by National Health Surveillance Agency and enter the last stage of research where the request for the release still being analyzed.
Dr. Sergio Cortes
As the health secretary for Rio de Janeiro, Dr. Sergio Cortes visited the areas affected by floods in Xerem. The state government had set up a dengue hydration center at the Xerem health center with a capacity of 300 people and 12 hydration chairs. It was a preventative action by the health department in support of the municipality. Currently, Dr. Sergio Cortes is the executive director at MD & Hip Surgeon. He pursued his executive education course at Harvard Business School. To contact Dr. Sergio Cortes, one can use his Twitter or his LinkedIn.