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There are medical professionals that say there’s no proof that the Zika virus causes microcephaly. But in Brazil, a relationship was established between the Zika virus and microcephaly in August 2015. Dr. Sergio Cortes, the doctor in charge of the Brazilian Ministry of Health, said that the reported cases of microcephaly were in the same areas where there was an outbreak of the Zika virus.

Dr. Sergio Cortes brought up some important points that are often discounted by certain parts of the population as well as the medical profession. Cortes said the Zika virus is not a contagious virus, so it is not transmitted from one individual to another. But on his website he also said there have been reports that the Zika virus was transmitted through sexual contact. That report came from an infected individual in North America that had sexual relations with an infected person that just returned from Brazil.

According to Dr. Cortes the only way to get the disease, based on the current proven information, is from the bite of a disease-carrying mosquito. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the main source of the Zika virus. That same mosquito is responsible for the spread of dengue and chikungunya fever.

The female Aedes aegypti mosquito likes to lay eggs in clean water, so there is an unlimited supply of breeding grounds in Brazil. Even bottle caps that contain water can be breeding grounds. Most of the reported cases of the disease are in the Northern part of Brazil, but Dr. Cortes and his staff expects the virus to spread to all areas of the country during the summer months of January, February and March.

A recent study indicated that that the eggs of Aedes aegypti mosquito can remain dormant in a dry place for more than a year. A little water during that dormant period will hatch the eggs and produce more disease carrying villains.

An attempt to eradicate the breeding grounds for mosquitoes is underway in Brazil, but completely eliminating the mosquitoes is almost impossible according to Dr. Cortes. Cortes thinks a Zika vaccine is the best solution.

For more information about Dr. Cortes and the fight to control the Zika virus, visit the Sergio Cortes on LinkedIn. Cortes also has a Twitter account. Facebook is another way to keep track of Sergio Cortes and what Brazil is doing to stop the spread of the Zika virus.

The global economy is facing its biggest challenges since the 2008 economic meltdown in the view of George Soros. In an interview conducted at an economic forum in the capital of Sri Lanka, the hedge fund manager discussed just how the changing economy of China is pushing the world towards a financial crisis similar to that seen in 2008. Bloomberg Business explained Soros detailed his views that the volatile markets seen towards the end of 2015 and into 2016 could become the norm as Chinese authorities struggle to cope with the changes being made to the economy; the problems the Chinese economy is causing the global financial sector have been highlighted by the $2.7 trillion wiped from global markets in the first weeks of 2016.
George Soros believes the issues facing the Chinese economy are that of adjustment to the changing face of the markets, which he explains is being caused by a shift to a service and consumption based economy. In the last few decades the Chinese economy has grown on the back of a financial sector dominated by manufacturing and investments, but the move towards a more service based economy has left the Chinese economy struggling to cope with a changing financial culture. George Soros believes this problem of adjustment will continue to cause global problems as officials within China slash interest rates and flood the economy with billions of dollars.

Despite focusing his attention largely on the Chinese economy and its many problems, George Soros also sees problems with the European Union potentially causing major issues for the finances of the world. Soros has seen the issues of debt within Greece as a major source of tension within Europe, and causing a potential collapse of the Euro zone single currency. However, the addition of a failing economy in Ukraine has raised more potential red flags for the hedge fund manager who feels the Ukraine and Poland are all that stands between Europe and an aggressive Russia. George Soros has continued to work with his Open Society Foundations charity to try and educate the people of Eastern Europe about the benefits of democracy; a stronger German Chancellor willing to assist the Ukraine is required if the European Union is not to descend into chaos in the eyes of George Soros.

One of the most promising and influential families in Western Michigan is the DeVos family. The DeVos family are the proud owners and founders of Amway Corporation which started out in the basement of the family home and has moved up to become an internationally renowned company. Currently, at the head of this business is Dick DeVos who has worked tirelessly with the community in order to make improvements and improve the overall well being of the community. Recently in news, Mr. DeVos and his wife, Betsy, have ventured to start getting into the liquor business which has been a personal dream of Dick for quite sometime. 

Mr. DeVos’ license has recently been approved and has marked his entrance into the liquor business. The liquor to which Mr. DeVos will be involved in is located in a distillery that is owned by Walter Catton III. This distillery was opened in 2013 and has already expanded the distillery with the help of his investors to a 9,000 square-foot distillery. This new location even includes a tasting room that allows for 50 people to be in the room all at once. With the renovations almost complete, the owner and Dick DeVos are currently increasing the inventory with the upcoming Tulip Time Festival in mind.

Mr. DeVos decided to become a part of this endeavor as the distillery already distributes its product to more than 100 different locations. These locations include Michigan as well as Colorado and Illinois. This distillery has provided excellent quality liquor for any occasion whether it be for a restaurant or for a party. 

In addition to this, Mr. Catton has even added a kitchen to the new distillery in order to now add appetizers that will be paired with the cocktails provided. Mr. Catton and Mr. DeVos currently are working with both full-time as well as part-time staff to create whiskey, vodka, gin, as well as rum. This distillery is now working hard to add handcrafted wine as well as beer.

Mr. DeVos has been a well respected individual in his community and is a well known philanthropist. Mr. DeVos has donated millions of dollars to several organizations through his family foundation. One of his biggest passions that he is the most supportive of is the education initiative. Mr. DeVos believes that in order to support economic growth, it is not more jobs that is needed, but instead it is more education to create jobs. This and his passion for flight are what inspired him to create the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a charter high school for students interested in avionics.

Learn more about Dick’s life and career by connecting with him on LinkedIn or liking his Facebook page. You can also see his professional profile here:

Recently, Sergio Cortes, the Brazilian State secretary of Health, was in Xerem. He surveyed the areas affected by floods. The government established the Dengue Hydration Center at the Xerem health center. The establishment can serve a number of 300 people per day. The center was set up as a preventive measure against the dengue Mosquito proliferation. These steps were taken to mitigate the situation in the shelters. During a meeting with Camilo Junqueira, the municipal health secretary and the coordinator of the National Health Force Conception, it was decided that the state would send another calamity kit and an extra 3,000 tablets of antibiotics to curb Leptospirosis.
The department of health has taken the necessary measures to prevent the spread of the disease, which can be passed from one person to another via contaminated water, diarrhea, leptospirosis and hepatitis A. Others contract it after a heavy rainfall, meningitis and chicken pox. Initially, the samples that had been collected by the Health Surveillance Secretariat of state were deemed unsatisfactory. This has forced the team to disinfect the water on a daily basis and the government has provided ten thousand bottles of sodium hypochlorite. People in shelters are urged to use bottled water for cooking and drinking. This information was originally reported on Extra as elucidated in the link below
Sergio Cortes has a number of wikipedia medical journals that he posted on his website. Recently, he put up an article about how to bear the high temperatures associated with summer. The high summer temperature causes the body to sweat more than usual. The increased sweating can be a source of embarrassment especially for people who perspire a lot. Such people are unable to raise their arms because of the wet patch that might be seen on their armpits or the stench that is usually associated with the sweat.
Sergio says that by choosing the correct clothes people can avoid excessive sweating. He further posits that bacteria that proliferate quickly during high temperatures and the humidity on the skin cause the odor. In order to prevent excessive sweating, Sergio says that people should wear loose fitting clothes that allow the skin to breath. Additionally, people should choose clothes that are light in color because dark colored clothes absorb as well as retain heat and humidity. Another important factor to consider is the fabric of the cloth. Natural fibers like linen, satin, cotton, silk and viscose allow the skin to breathe freely . This wikipedia information was reported on Sergio Cortes’ Website as explained in the link below
Doctor Sergio Cortes can be followed through his Twitter account, and on LinkedIn,