India, which is already battling the new coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) and is the second most affected nation globally, is now facing a threat from another virus known as Cat Que Virus (CQV), originating from China .
Scientists from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) discovered CQV and said this specific virus has the potential to cause disease in the country. CAT Que Virus is found in pigs and culex mosquitoes.
So what is this virus? Here’s everything you need to know about the Cat Que Virus (CQV):
1. CQV falls into the category of arthropod-borne viruses and has been reported in countries such as China and Vietnam.
2. The ICMR study found antibodies to the virus in two of the 883 human serum samples that were tested in different states in India. This showed that people had been infected with CQV at some point of time. These two out of 883 total samples were from Karnataka and tested positive in 201
3. Indian mosquito breeds such as Ae. aegypti, Cx. quinquefasciatus and Cx. Tritaeniorhynchus was susceptible to the virus, the ICMR study showed.
4. In addition to mosquitoes and pigs, birds like Jungle Myna can also serve as hosts.
5. Probable symptoms of CQV among humans can be pediatric encephalitis, meningitis and acute fever.
6. According to reports, the virus can be transmitted when a person is bitten by a mosquito.