Highly contagious and lethal virus reappears in Brazil after 20 years

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January 20, 2020

Brazil: Confirmed case of arenavirus hemorrhagic fever in São Paulo state

The last case report of Brazilian hemorrhagic fever was more than 20 years ago. During this period, there were four cases in humans, three cases acquired in a wild environment in the state of São Paulo and one due to infection in a laboratory environment, in Pará.

The disease is considered to be extremely rare and highly lethal, and treatment is according to the patient’s clinical condition and symptoms.

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Very little is known about this disease, but it is thought to be transmitted by the excreta of rodents. This virus has also been implicated as a means for bioterrorism, as it can be spread through aerosols





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