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Cat Que Virus (CQV)

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  • October 1, 2020
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Cat Que Virus (CQV)

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Biotechnology

In news

  • In a study published in July, 2020 in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, scientists have noted the presence of antibodies against the Cat Que virus (CQV) in two human serum samples.

Key takeaways

  • The presence of the Cat Que virus has been largely reported in Culex mosquitoes in China and in pigs in Vietnam.
  • For CQV, domestic pigs are considered to be the primary mammalian hosts. 
  • Antibodies against the virus have been reported in swine reared locally in China, which indicates that the virus has formed a “natural cycle” in the local area and has the ability to spread in pigs and other animal populations through mosquitoes.
  • CQV belongs to the Simbu serogroup and infects both humans and economically important livestock species.

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