The Chapare virus, as an outbreak near Ebola, causes hemorrhagic fever, abdominal pain and vomiting. At a conference on tropical diseases, American scientists warned of the dangers of this still unknown infectious disease.
At the last congress of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Nov. 15-19, scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned about a virus: Chapare.
Chapare virus: new cases in 2019
The virus first appeared in 2004 in Bolivia, in the Chapare region, which also gave it its name. Its symptoms are similar to Ebola virus disease; in fact, it causes fever, fatigue, muscle aches, headaches and sore throats. Chapare fever belongs to the Arenavirus family, which contains RNA viruses that cause bleeding.
CDC researchers presented an analysis of the human transmission of the Chapare virus. Several cases of infected people were revealed. In 2019, at the hospital in Paz (Bolivia), patients were treated for hemorrhagic fever. In all, three people were killed and five people in contact with the patients were also infected with the Chapare virus, including an ambulance driver and a gastroenterologist.
How the Chapare virus is transmitted
According to the scientists, the patients had fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and bleeding teeth. There is currently no specific treatment to prevent or cure this infectious disease. It is spread through contaminated body fluids such as semen, urine or saliva.
However, the researchers clarified that not all modes of transmission are known yet. They also said they are working on diagnostic tests to make it easier to detect the disease and not confuse it with another pathology.