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After CoVID-19, here comes Cat Que Virus(CQV) from China

After COVID-19 catches the whole world by off-guard, there is another virus alert is ringing on the horizon. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has alerted India about the severity of the upcoming viral spread named Cat Que Virus

Some scientists of the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune have found out antibodies for the CQV in two cases out of 883 human test samples.

According to the scientists if there are adequate primary vector is available, along with the fundamental mammalian host (which is swine in this case) and CQV from the Jungle Myna bird, this virus has the potential to cause a viral spread throughout the country.

"Anti-CQV IgG antibody positivity in human serum samples tested and the replication capability of CQV in mosquitoes indicated a possible disease-causing potential of CQV in the Indian scenario. Screening of more human and swine serum samples using these assays is required as a proactive measure for understanding the prevalence of this neglected tropical virus", stated ICMR,

ICMR has confirmed the positivity of the Anti-CQV IgG antibody and the mosquitos are the replication vector for the potential spread. The mosquitoes breed- Ae. aegypti, Cx. quinquefasciatus and Cx. Triaeniorhynchus are the main vectors that may spread the pathogen at an unprecedented rate. Domestic pigs are the primary host for this virus.

The initial study shows the virus has shown signs of a natural cycle in Chinese localities which is kind of 'normal' thanks to the open 'Pet markets' infested throughout the country.

The country is already facing the ravages of CoVID cases. No sign of slowing down in the number of fresh SARS COV-2 cases. The Health system overwhelmed, economy gone down to the Ganges. Now ICMR is showing a red alert.

Is another endemic on the way?



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