Even as India along with many nations is struggling to beat the deadly corona which so far claimed 96,318 lives in India alone, scientists at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have found another dangerous virus, Cat Que Virus which has potential to spread diseases across India.
Almost seven researches carried out in ICMR Pune stated that the presence of Cat Que Virus (CQV) in culex mosquitoes and pigs has been reported in China and Vietnam. The apex research body revealed that domestic pigs are the primary mammalian host of CQV and antibodies against the virus have been reported in swine reared locally in China. This indicates that CQV has formed a natural cycle in local areas, said the report.
The CQV may cause febrile illnesses, meningitis, and paediatric encephalitis among humans, while the researchers have found antibodies for the virus in two out of the 883 human serum samples which were taken from various Indian states. Which means that there is a certain per cent of the population s already infected with the virus.
However, the virus was not found in any of the human or animal samples at the time of the study. 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.