In Brazil and other South American countries, researchers are discovering some unsettling facts about the Zika virus. The Zika virus that travelled through Africa and Asian didn’t create the media coverage and the health issues that the Brazil version of the virus is creating, according to Brazil’s top medical expert, Sergio Cortes. In Africa and Asia very few cases were actually reported, so there was very little research done on the harm the virus causes once it enters the human body.

According to diseases like microcephaly, and Guillain-Barré syndrome have always been around, but in Brazil cases of those diseases are on the rise, and Dr. Cortes and other medical professions believe the Zika virus is fueling the increase in those diseases in some way.

Dr. Cortes recently posted a number of facts about the Zika virus on his official website. The doctor believes the Zika virus could be a mutation of the Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses. That could explain why there is such a spike in the number of reported cases of microcephaly in the same area where the Zika virus is in epidemic mode.

If the Zika virus is a different strain than the Afrasian virus that would give credence to the theory that the Zika virus is contributing to the rise in Guillain-Barré syndrome which is a rare and often deadly neurological condition.

There is no scientific proof that the Zika virus causes people with the virus to be diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, but just like microcephaly, the number of cases of that disease is increasing in the areas where the Brazilian strain of the Zika virus are active.

Zika is also causing eye problems in children born with the virus, and Dr. Cortes and his medical team think people with Zika could develop mental illness at some point because the virus may lay dormant in the brain for years. Cortes said there are so many unanswered questions about this current virus that it could take years to answer them.

Dr. Cortes told a group of reporters recently that the world is just beginning to understand the full range of issues that are impacting humans because of Zika. More research is underway, and Dr. Cortes has thoughts about that research on his LinkedIn page. Other doctors are beginning to understand that Zika can cause other illnesses, but how and when those illnesses will manifest is still a mystery.

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