Explained: What is Cat Que virus reported from China?

News: Scientists from the Pune-based Maximum Containment Laboratory and Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR)-National Institute of Virology have noted the presence of antibodies against the Cat Que virus(CQV) in two human serum samples.

Facts:

  • Cat Que Virus: It comes under the category of Arthropod-borne viruses and has been reported in countries such as China and Vietnam.
  • Host: It is found in pigs and Culex mosquitoes.Birds such as the Jungle Myna may also act as a host.
  • Spread: The virus can be transmitted to a person when that person is bit by a mosquito.
  • Symptoms: Probable symptoms among human beings can be paediatric encephalitis, meningitis and acute fever.
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