Chapare virus was first diagnosed in 2004 in Bolivia when a 22-year-old farmer died of headaches, joint and muscle pain, vomiting and bleeding. That outbreak took place in Chapare province. The virus was transmitted to humans after contact with infected rodents, perhaps rats. Like Ebola, it causes hemorrhagic fever for which there is no treatment. Only the symptoms can be treated.
In 2019, the virus broke out a second time, this time in the region of the capital La Paz. Five cases were confirmed in that outbreak. Three people were killed. “Our research shows that two hospital patients passed the virus on to three health care workers,” said CDC epidemiologist Caitlin Cossaboom. “One of the patients and two medical workers were killed. We are now convinced that many bodily fluids can carry the virus. ”
In general, viruses that are spread through body fluids are easier to control than respiratory viruses such as the coronavirus. Although the Chapare virus has only appeared to a very limited extent, the research does point to the possibility of new scenarios such as the current corona pandemic.
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