The "Arenavirus" explosion, which mainly affects Bolivia and other Latin American regions, still leaves lethal victims, including doctors.
According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the definition of Arenavirus is made up of Bolivian hemorrhagic fever (FHB) because the outbreak occurred in Bolivia.
This virus is referred to as a zoonotic, viral disease. After weeks of uncertainty, it was announced that this outbreak is transmitted by direct contact with rodents or rodent waste.
Symptoms include high fever, headache, joint and muscle pain, as well as hemorrhage, so it can easily be mistaken for influenza. So far, it has been known that the virus incubation period is 14 days, therefore it is recommended to use protection during agricultural work.
In the last two months after the outbreak of the outbreak, three people have died. One of them had direct contact with the rodent that carries the virus. The other two were doctors who treated the sick.
This is not a new disease, but old and familiar. In Bolivia from 1959 to 1964, she was considered an endemic disease because it caused the death of 30% of patients in the city of San Joaquín, in the province of Beni. And it is still in circulation: in Beni, in 2012, 5 out of 10 people died from FHB; and in 2014, 21 cases were registered.
Specialists warn that this virus can reach other Latin American countries.