Human to Human transmission of rare ‘Chapare virus’ in Bolivia confirmed

A rare virus has been found in Bolivia by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This virus is capable of human to human transmission and can also cause haemorrhagic fevers like Ebola.

This rare was discovered when scientists around the globe was researching on future pandemics like COVID-19, which has made the entire world up side down and filled each and every people with fear.

In 2019, two people with the virus had transmitted it to three healthcare workers in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia. Among them one patient and two medical workers died. In 2004 there was a small outbreak in the eastern part of La Paz. The symptoms of this virus are fever, abdominal pain, bleeding gums, vomiting, skin rashes.

Caitlin Cossaboom, an epidemiologist with the CDC told The Guardian that “bodily fluids” could potentially carry the virus. People believe that rats carry the virus.

We isolated the virus, and we were expecting to find a more common disease, but the sequence data pointed to Chapare virus,” said Maria Morales-Betoulle, a pathologist at the CDC.

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