A recent study points to an ingredient in green tea, epigallocatechin (EGCG) blocking the zika virus from gaining access to a human host cell. You can find more details of the study at contagionlive.com
It is estimated that 75-80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium & this could be the cause of up to 50% of the heart attacks in the U.S. yearly. If you want to check your level the serum magnesium will not tell you because it is almost always normal. Ask your MD about doing the Magnesium RBC test because it will check the level of magnesium in your cells. Your target level is the high end of normal according to Dr. Carolyn Dean in her book, The Magnesium Miracle. **This is not intended as medical advice. Always consult with your personal physician to see what is best for you.**
A study has shown Z-Pak #2 (the five-day regimen) to increase the risk of cardiovascular death, mainly for those who already have cardiac issues. This information just shows that no medication is perfect. Doctors always have to weigh the bad with the good and Azithromycin has proven to be a very effective drug. http://www.lexi.com/
In dentistry, we usually use Z-Pak#1 which is the three-day regimen. It is extremely effective for fighting intraoral infections.