The Chapare virus, which caused at least 5 infections in Bolivia in 2019, can spread person-to-person in health care settings, according to new research presented yesterday during the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene's 2020 virtual meeting.
US CDC scientists shared new clues surrounding the novel arenavirus, which can cause hemorrhagic fevers and has no treatment aside from supportive care. The 2019 outbreak, near La Paz, killed 3. More research is needed to understand:
- Where it originated
- Routes of transmission and how it infects humans
- The likelihood of larger outbreaks