This disease was found in 1959 when an outbreak of this disease has occurred in Bolivia, and the disease had lasted until 1963, they trapped all with the virus somewhere away from the others so that the virus would not spread to the healthy people, and it had went away for a while and then the virus appeared again in the 1900’s, the virus started on farms where rodents where more common and then moved inward to the villages. During the 1900’s this virus was the most human like disease, the other viruses and diseases at the time usually just targeted animals. Until people had started working more and more on farms and around rodents that may have been carriers of this virus. Where these rodents are the carriers of the virus they have it in their body, but they do not show any symptoms of being sick or contaminated. So people were not alerted of being around them until they realized it was the rodents making them sick. The last reported cases of this virus where recorded from 2007 to 2008, three people died four days after they had been hospitalised, and at the least twenty suspected cases that were not life threatening. Symptoms and who it affects Symptoms in humans include, fatigue, headache, lassa fever ( very fatal temperatures ), bleeding from nasal and oral mucosa and gums, along with pain in a certain group of muscles or joints. 50% of people with this virus suffer from confusion, tremors of the tongue and go into a coma. More than one thousand cases of the virus have been recorded and only 22% have nearly died, yet survived this virus, this virus began with mostly males who worked in rural areas and then spread to wives and children. The reason they think that the risk of males getting this virus is higher than females is because usually you do not see females don’t working in fields or on farms all day, so therefore they are not exposed to as many rodents such as rats and field mice as the males are. This virus typically affects people from ten months to fifty years of age. Examining viruses
This viruses incubation period for humans is at least two weeks. Some people who take risks to examine and research on this virus include, health physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and radiation safety officials. Around nineteen serum samples have been collected to do further research on this virus so that eventually they can hopefully come up with a vaccine that can prevent us from outbreaks from this life threatening virus in the future. But since there have been less and less cases of this virus coming into hospitals then they are having troubles being able to examine this virus. Treatment Treatment for this virus is usually only supportive therapy that includes, antipyretic drugs ( a prescription drug that is like ibuprofen or aspirin in higher doses), and plasma transfusion ( a treatment that they use to replace missing proteins from the blood) along with a hydration( because this virus makes you very dehydrated.) If the patient has Lassa fever along with this virus then they will first do ribavirin which is a medication to help treat lassa fever and then you can go on with the supportive therapy. If the person is having troubles breathing they might have them take a intravenous treatment which is just another treatment but this one is for your respiratory system. The Machupo virus is a life threatening virus that has killed many since 1959 and could possibly come back at any time.