Deadly virus spreads from person to person in South America

(ORDO NEWS) — Researchers have established that the deadly Chapare virus, which spreads in South America and causes severe bleeding, can be transmitted from person to person.

Chapare virus is different from Ebola and belongs to different groups of viruses, but both can provoke hemorrhagic fever. For the first time, scientists were able to prove the fact that a person can easily become infected with this disease from another person.

Experts have created a pathway by which the Chapare virus could be transmitted between people during an outbreak in Bolivia last year. Then he passed from the first infected to several medical staff.

For the first time, the virus was recorded back in 2004 in Bolivia near the country’s capital. In the event that a person becomes infected, he develops symptoms such as severe pain in the abdomen, headache, rash, gums begin to bleed. As a result, due to hemorrhagic fever, a person may experience severe bleeding, as well as organ failure. This can be fatal. To date, there is no cure for the Chapare virus. The only thing doctors can do is to use supportive care and give intravenous fluids to the patient.

The second outbreak began when a 65-year-old farmer fell ill. Dr. Caitlin Cossaboom told about this. The next infected was a doctor from the hospital, who observed the farmer. After that, several more people became infected.

Experts believe that the Chapare virus could have been in Bolivia for quite some time. People who have contracted it may have been misdiagnosed because the symptoms are very similar to dengue fever. This disease is very common in the region and is carried by mosquitoes.


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