Chapare virus causes hemorrhagic fever and is a member of the arenavirus family of viruses. The only known outbreak of Chapare virus infection occurred in the village of Samuzabeti, Chapare Province, Bolivia, in January 2003. 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.
In December 2003, an outbreak of a hemorrhagic fever occurred near Cochabamba, Bolivia.
The symptoms include:headache, fever, body aches, Nose bleeds, gum bleeding.
No treatment or cure has been discovered yet.
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- "Chapare Virus, a Newly Discovered Arenavirus Isolated from a Fatal Hemorrhagic Fever Case in Bolivia". Public Library of Science Pathogens. Retrieved 2008-04-17.