Even as the world is still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) scientists have found another virus, the ‘Cat Que Virus,’ reported mainly in China.
According to the report published by ICMR, the virus has the potential to spread diseases across India.
CQV comes under the category of Arthropod-borne viruses and has been reported in countries such as China and Vietnam.
The study carried out by the ICMR discovered antibodies for the virus in two of the 883 human serum samples which were tested across several states in India.
This showed that people had been infected with CQV at some point of time. These two samples out of the total 883 were from Karnataka and had tested positive in 2014 and 2017 respectively.
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.
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.
Probable symptoms of CQV among human beings can be paediatric encephalitis, meningitis and acute fever.
As per reports, the virus can be transmitted when a person is bit by a mosquito.