Sergio Cortes: New Insights on Zika Virus
“We feel distant from everyone else here. We have been forgotten by the state,” says Marilia Lima, who is supporting her two and a half month old child, Arthur, against her mid-section. Arthur is one of about 3,500 young children who has been conceived with microcephaly, which is a conception defect that has been connected to Zika infection < / a >, since the infection was first distinguished in Brazil in the month of May. Not withstanding the fact that an authoritative cause and effect relationship has not been yet demonstrated, both Brazilian and international specialists agree that there is without a doubt a link.
Lima came down with the mosquito borne infection of the virus when she was pregnant with her son. When she was first infected, and little was thought about Zika, and her specialists doctors told her not to stress about her condition. In her following pre-birth checkup, it turned out to be clear there were real issues with the fetus. Her newborn was conceived with a particularly small head, which virtually looks as though it were molded in a tight clamp at the top. That is a typical trait of microcephaly. All parts of a young tyke’s advancement, both physical and mental are affected by this defect.
Arthur is always agitated and difficult to calm. He does not suckle with his lips well. In addition, he has issues with his eyes, and his arm and leg bones. “Regardless of the reality, this is something that does not yet feel real to me,” says Lima, who is a sociologist and a legal counselor, “yet I am moving towards the realization that I need to think less and act. I need to protect my sons health, and make sure that he has everything he needs.”
She has received the backing of her spouse, family and companions. However, she believes the government has overlooked the infants with the birth defect and their parents — and she additionally puts at fought the government for her present predicament. She believes the NPR authorities have been reckless in their eradication endeavors, which has added to the rapid spread of Zika.
At the time when Lima goes to sleep, she now worries about whether she will wake up in the morning to discover Arthur dead. “It’s as though the government considers helping us to be an acts of futility,” she says. “The administration’s posture is by all accounts, ‘Those affected by Zika have been tainted, so it is better that we concentrate on others that haven’t been harmed yet.’
Dr. Sergio Cortes < / a > is a well respected doctor in Brazil. He is a former State Health Secretary. Dr. Cortes is currently the Chief Medical Officer < / a >
at Rede D’Or São Luiz.