China’s ‘CATQ virus’ which could be an epidemic in India: what is this virus? – Health


India, which is already fighting the novel coronovirus (Kovid-19) pandemic and is the second most hit country globally, is now considered threatened by another virus originating in China, called the Cat Q virus (CQV). ) Is called.

Scientists at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) discovered CQV and claimed that this specific virus is likely to cause disease in the country. Cat Q virus is found in pigs and Culex mosquitoes.

So what is this virus? Here is what you need to know about Cat Q virus (CQV):

1. CQV falls under the category of arthropod-borne viruses and has been reported in countries such as China and Vietnam.

2. The study by ICMR discovered antibodies to the virus in two out of 883 human serum samples tested in several states in India. This showed that people were infected with CQV at some point. These two samples out of a total of 883 were from Karnataka and tested positive in 2014 and 2017 respectively.

3. Indian mosquito breeds such as AE. aegypti, Cx. quinquefasciatus and Cx. ICMR studies have shown that Triteniorhynchus were susceptible to the virus.

4. Apart from mosquitoes and pigs, birds like jungle myna can also act as a host.

5. Possible symptoms of CQV among humans may be pediatric encephalitis, meningitis, and acute fever.

6. According to reports, the virus can be transmitted when a person is even slightly infected by a mosquito.

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