Alert! After Coronavirus, rare ‘Chapare Virus’ might pose a danger to humans

Bolivia: While the world is still grappling with the ongoing Coronavirus which has claimed millions of lives, a new virus has startled researchers in Bolivia. Researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have discovered a rare virus in Bolivia which could be transmitted from human-to-human. The path-breaking discovery was a part of CDC’s effort to identify new infection while still battling with the Covid-19. The scientists have said that the Chapare virus caused Chapare hemorrhagic fever (CHHF) which was similar to Ebola.

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The symtoms of CHHF resembled to that of other South American hemorrhagic fevers, but there is limited information on the incubation period of the virus. Researchers said that the time between exposure and development of symptoms usually ranged from four to 21 days for arenaviruses.

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Althouogh there is no treatment available for the viral infection as of now, there are few therapies that can decrease the affect of the viral infection. The therapy includes practices such as maintenance of hydration, management of shock (eg, fluid resuscitation, administration of vasopressin stocks), sedation, pain relief and transfusions (when necessary).

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