India: ICMR warns of danger posed by another virus from China - Cat Que Virus

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Sep 29, 2020, 02.36 PM(IST)

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New virus found in China -The Cat Que Virus  The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has warned of the danger posed by another virus found in China  - the Cat Que Virus

New virus found in China - The Cat Que Virus -  The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has warned of the danger posed by another virus found in China  - the Cat Que Virus

According to the ICMR, the virus has potential to spread diseases across India. The CQV may cause febrile illnesses, meningitis, and paediatric encephalitis among humans. 

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The virus has been spotted in culex mosquitoes and pigs across China and Vietnam. India, too is home to species of culex mosquitoes.

New virus found in China - The Cat Que Virus

Researchers at the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune have found antibodies for the virus in two out of the 883 human serum samples which were taken from various Indian states. This implies that people have been infected with the virus.

During the course of the study, the virus was not found in human or animal samples.

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The two samples that tested positive for CQV antibodies came from Karnataka - one from 2014 and the other from 2017.

The findings of the study were published in the latest issue of Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR).

According to the ICMR study, Indian mosquitoes are susceptible to CQV, which could also become a public health pathogen..

Its natural host is a mosquito. Domestic pigs are also considered the primary mammalian host of the Cat Que Virus.