An Emerging Ebola-Like Virus in Bolivia Can Spread Between Humans, Scientists Find – Gizmodo

The mystery infection was discovered to be a member of the arenavirus household, a group of infections that commonly contaminate rodents and sometimes humans. Its family members include the more popular Lassa virus and other viruses first found in South America, such as Machupo virus in Bolivia and Junin virus in Argentina. Many of these viruses can trigger hemorrhagic fever in people.In 2019, the Chapare virus made a reappearance in Bolivia, first being found in a farm employee who established hemorrhagic fever and eventually died as a result. Even viruses that only really spread out through direct contact with physical fluids can emerge into big break outs under the right conditions, such as when a break out of Ebola in West Africa in 2014 nearly infected 30,000 people and eliminated over 11,000.

The mystery infection was found to be a member of the arenavirus household, a group of infections that frequently contaminate rodents and sometimes human beings. Its family members include the more widely known Lassa virus and other viruses initially found in South America, such as Machupo virus in Bolivia and Junin virus in Argentina. Many of these viruses can trigger hemorrhagic fever in people.In 2019, the Chapare virus made a reappearance in Bolivia, first being found in a farm employee who established hemorrhagic fever and eventually died as an outcome.

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