A very rare virus has arisen: It is transmitted from person to person and takes life
It turns out that the very rare Chapare virus has spread among healthcare workers in Bolivia, causing three deaths.
A new virus threat has emerged for humanity, captured by the new type of coronavirus pandemic.
It turns out that the Chapare virus has spread among healthcare workers in Bolivia, the Andes of Latin America, causing three deaths.
Researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that Chapare, a member of a group of viruses that cause hemorrhagic fever, such as Ebola, and which is very rare, was transmitted from person to person in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia.
US scientists concluded that in 2019, two patients in La Paz transmitted the Chapare virus to three healthcare workers, which later led to the deaths of one patient and two healthcare workers.
Previously, only one case of Chapare was reported. In 2004, it was recorded that a person had the Chapare virus in the Chapare region, about 600 km east of La Paz.
Caitlin Cossaboom, an epidemiologist from the CDC's pathogen and pathology department with severe consequences, said that infected patients confirmed the transmission of the Chapare virus to a young medical assistant, an ambulance doctor, and a gastroenterologist.
Later, Cossaboom stated that two healthcare workers died, and they believed that many bodily fluids had the potential to carry this virus.
It is thought that the Chapare virus is carried by mice and transmitted to humans. It is easier to control viruses transmitted by bodily fluids compared to respiratory-borne viruses such as Kovid-19.
Cossaboom listed the symptoms of Chapare patients as fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, bleeding gums, skin reddening-rash, and pain behind the eyes.
It was emphasized that the findings presented to the annual meeting of the American Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Association are important in terms of pointing to new epidemics in the future.
Pointing out that the Chapare virus may have been circulating unnoticed for years due to the possibility of confusion with dengue fever with similar symptoms and misdiagnosis, the scientists stated that it is necessary to continue studies on this virus in order to understand its epidemic capacity.