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Chapare virus

Chapare virus
Virus classification
Group V ((−)ssRNA)

Chapare virus

Chapare hemorrhagic fever

Chapare virus causes hemorrhagic fever and is a member of the arenavirus family of viruses. It causes Chapare hemorrhagic fever. The only known outbreak of Chapare virus infection occurred in the village of Samuzabeti, Chapare Province, Bolivia, in January 2003.[1][2] A small number of people were infected. One person died. The specific transmission vector is not known, but is suspected to be a rodent, in keeping with other members of the arenavirus family, which includes the Lassa virus.[3]


In December 2003, an outbreak of the Chapare virus occurred near Cochabamba, Bolivia.


The symptoms include: headache, fever, body aches, nose bleeds, and bleeding gums.


No treatment or cure has been discovered yet.


  1. ^ Delgado S, Erickson BR, Agudo R, Blair PJ, Vallejo E, Albariño CG, Vargas J, Comer JA, Rollin PE, Ksiazek TG, Olson JG, Nichol ST (April 2008). "Chapare virus, a newly discovered arenavirus isolated from a fatal hemorrhagic fever case in Bolivia". PLoS Pathog. 4 (4): e1000047. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1000047. PMC 2277458. PMID 18421377.
  2. ^ "New kind of killer virus discovered in Bolivia". NewScientist. New Scientist. Retrieved 2008-04-17.
  3. ^ Delgado, Simon; Erickson, Bobbie R.; Agudo, Roberto; Blair, Patrick J.; Vallejo, Efrain; Albariño, César G.; Vargas, Jorge; Comer, James A.; Rollin, Pierre E.; Ksiazek, Thomas G.; Olson, James G.; Nichol, Stuart T. (2008). "Chapare Virus, a Newly Discovered Arenavirus Isolated from a Fatal Hemorrhagic Fever Case in Bolivia". PLOS Pathogens. Public Library of Science Pathogens. 4 (4): e1000047. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1000047. PMC 2277458. PMID 18421377.

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