The entire world is feeling the disastrous effects of the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus Pandemic outbreak. The lives lost due to this deadly Virus has reached a tally of 10 lakhs, across the world. The number of people infected in India alone, has crossed 60 lakhs so far. And, India is only second on the list of most infected countries across the world, with the United States of America taking the No. 1 spot on this list! Only Russia has claimed to have identified a vaccine for this Virus so far but there still concerns from the medical fraternity across the world over the efficacy of this Sputnik V vaccine! There are a couple of vaccine candidates which are in the late stages of testing but none have been registered for manufacturing yet and even then, it would definitely take some time for the doses to be made available to everybody! The Wuhan Province in China is said to be the 'Ground Zero' for the Corona Virus.

Amidst all this chaos, there has been intensive testing of samples from people to see if they are infected by COVID-19! While examining these samples, some alarming details have come out! A new scientific study by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has identified presence of antibodies for a new virus - Cat Que Virus (CQV), in the human serum samples which it had tested across India. And no prizes for guessing where this Virus has been largely reported from. Well, if you guessed China, then you are absolutely right! The CQV falls under the category of arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses), which usually spread through Pigs and Culex mosquitoes and can reportedly cause severe, fatal illnesses in humans. Reports state that a study of 883 human serum samples by scientists at the National Institute of Virology (NIV) - ICMR, found antibodies for CQV in 2 samples.

Presence of antibodies only indicates that the humans from whom the samples were collected, would have been infected by the CQV at some point. The results of this study were published in the latest issue of Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR) but it did not mention finding the presence of the actual Cat Que Virus, in any of the samples. The presence of the CQV is usually reported from China and Vietnam and it causes meningitis, febrile illnesses and paediatric encephalitis in people. This is an often neglected tropical virus whose presence in jungle Myna and the availability of vector, primary mammalian host (Swine) could indicate the virus leading to public health issues in India. Some data also shows that Indian mosquitoes are also susceptible to the CQV. Stay tuned for updates...