Possibility of a new Cat Que virus leads to fear among people

A study published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, has revealed the discovery of a Cat Que virus (CQV) . The presence of the Cat Que virus has been largely been observed in Culex mosquitoes in China and in pigs in Vietnam.

The study also mentioned 1020 human serum samples that showed acute febrile illness during 2014-2017 whilst the presence of anti-virus bodies was found in two human serum samples. However, all these samples showed negative results for CQV after being subjected to the real-time RT-PCR test.

About 806 samples were collected from Karnataka, 116 from Maharashtra, 51 from Kerala and, 27 from Gujarat. Humans can get infected through mosquitoes as well.

Scientists have said that there is only a “possible disease-causing potential” of CQV in the Indian scenario. Additionally, the study stated, “Availability of vector, primary mammalian host (swine) and confirmation of CQV from jungle myna signifies the potential of this Orthobunyavirus as a public health pathogen in India,”.

The possibility of another virus outbreak has lead to fear amongst the people as the world is already battling with the novel Coronavirus outbreak. The COVID-19  virus has so far claimed about 1 million lives and has had unprecedented consequences on the world economy.  

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