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While the nation's fight with the spread of coronavirus is far from over, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has found another virus from China that has the potential to spread disease in India.

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

Presence of CQV has so far been largely reported in mosquitoes in China and pigs in Vietnam. The study, which was conducted in 2017-2018, was undertaken to develop diagnostic tests for CQV as the spread of similar species of Culex mosquitoes was observed in India.

ICMR noted in the study that 'antibody positivity and the replication capability of CQV in mosquitoes indicated a possible disease-causing potential of CQV in the Indian scenario.' Adding that testing of more human and swine samples is imperative for 'understanding the prevalence of this neglected tropical virus.'

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