Even as India is battling Corona, scientists at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have found another virus -- cat que virus -- largely reported in China and having the potential to cause disease in the country, reported The Mint.
One of the arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses), CQV can cause febrile illnesses, meningitis and paediatric encephalitis in humans. The presence of cat que virus (CQV) in culex mosquitoes and pigs has been reported in China and Vietnam.
Considering the spread of similar species of culex mosquitoes in India, scientists at National Institute of Virology (NIV) ICMR, Pune have found antibodies for the virus in two of the 883 human serum samples tested from across states in India, indicating that the persons had at some point of time contracted the infection. However, the virus was not found in any of the human or animal samples at the time of study. Antibodies are formed by the immune system of humans when a virus attacks the body.
The two human samples that were found to be positive for the presence of anti-CQV IgG antibodies were from Karnataka in 2014 and 2017 respectively.