'Cat Que Virus

This virus CQV can cause febrile illnesses, meningitis and paediatric encephalitis in humans.

Indian Council of Medical Research scientists have speculated about the presence of another Chinese virus ‘Cat Que Virus’ in India which can cause mass disease even during the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.

This virus CQV can cause febrile illnesses, meningitis and paediatric encephalitis in humans.

According to the researchers at the Indian Council of Medical Research’s National Institute of Virology in Pune, the presence of Cat Que Virus in Culex mosquitoes and pigs has been reported in China and Vietnam. The seven researchers at ICMR Pune said that due to the spread of similar species of the Culex mosquitoes in India, there is a need to understand the replication kinetics of this virus.

The researchers said that the presence in Culex mosquitoes in China and pigs in Vietnam suggested susceptibility of Asian countries to CQV.

The scientists discovered antibodies for the tropical virus in two out of the 883 human serum samples tested across states. It indicates that these two people were infected with the virus at some point of time. It was not found in any of the human at the time of study.

According to the apex research body, domestic pigs are the primary mammalian host of CQV and antibodies against the virus have been reported in swine reared locally in China, indicating that CQV has formed a natural cycle in local areas.



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