Corona’s companion CQV, ICMR advises to avoid mosquitoes and pigs

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In China and Vietnam, the CQV virus has been transmitted to humans through Culex mosquitoes and pigs, causing panic.

Is another deadly germ going to attack from China this time in India which is restless with Covid epidemic? Scientists at the Indian Council of Medical Research are making similar predictions.

The CQV virus, commonly known as the Cat K virus, can cause fever, meningitis, and pediatric encephalitis. It is known that in China and Vietnam, the CQV virus has been transmitted to humans through Culex mosquitoes and pigs.

The ICMR has issued an early warning after seeing the presence of that species of Culex mosquito in India. The Pune-based institute found antibodies to the CQV virus in two of the 883 serum samples collected from the human body. It is understood that the two individuals were infected with the virus at some point. However, the virus was not found in human or animal bodies by analyzing any other samples except those two.

Antibodies to the CQV virus were found in the two samples collected from Karnataka in 2014 and 2017. However, in order to be sure about this, the scientists of ICMR think that it is necessary to test the best samples of human and pig. The study was recently published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR).

Studies have shown that Indian mosquito species can be infected with this virus. It is thought to be present in the body of the bird. However, scientists believe that more tests are needed to be sure about this.

On the other hand, the presence of CQV virus in the blood of pigs reared in China has been reported frequently, they said. This proves that the virus lives in the local area.