A relatively new deadly virus that can be transmitted from human to human has emerged in Bolivia.
Five cases of Chapare virus have been reported in the capital of La Paz. Three people have died by now. Chapare, named after the region where the outbreak began, resembles the deadly Ebola. It is probably transmitted to humans by rats, according to scientists from the American Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Chapare first appeared in 2004. A 22-year-old farmer died after a sick bed with flu-like symptoms supplemented by vomiting and bleeding. Treatment was not possible. After that, it remained silent for years until the disease resurrected in capital La Paz in 2019.
Two patients who were in hospital then also infected three healthcare workers. A patient, a hospital employee and an ambulance worker died.
Three more cases of Chapare virus have been detected later. Among them, one child. All three survived the disease, writes The Independent.
The researchers suspect that Chapare is transmitted through body fluids. This also reduces the likelihood of large-scale spread, such as the coronavirus, which also goes via the air.