Chapare virus: Know about the 'new' deadly disease that is worrying medical researchers
As scientists across the world are striving to identify any ill disease or things which might pose a threat to human kind, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hasrecently discovered a rare virus in Bolivia.
The virus, called Chapare, belongs to a family of viruses that can cause haemorrhagic fevers, like Ebola, and is capable of human-to-human transmission.
According to reports, in 2019, two patients, transmitted the virus to three healthcare workers in Bolivia's de facto capital, La Paz. Subsequently, 1 patient and 2 healthcare workers died. Fortunately this year, there are no active cases recorded.
Things to know about the Hemorrhagic Fever Virus
- According to Sciencetimes.com, the Chapare virus was first discovered in 2004 in the Bolivian province of Chapare and disappeared. It is named after the town where it was first discovered.
- The deadly animal virus causes hemorrhagic fever like Ebola with symptoms of fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, bleeding gums, skin rash, and pain can now spread through human to human contact.
- This virus can be transmitted through bodily fluids and can kill infected people. However, it is not potent enough to cause a COVID-19 like pandemic.
- Chapare is believed to be carried by rats, which in turn may have passed it to humans. Since it spread through bodily fluids, it is easier to contain than respiratory viruses such as Covid-19.