Forty-seven goats were quarantined on Tuesday after a goatherd tested positive for coronavirus at village Godekere in Tumakuru district of Karnataka, about 127km from Bengaluru, reports the Times of India.
Sources said that the village in Chikkanayakanahalli taluk had around 300 houses and a population of 1,000. Two villagers, including the goatherd, tested positive recently. Following this, four goats of the goatherd died, causing alarm in the village.
District health and veterinary officials visited the village on Tuesday and collected swab samples of the goats before putting the livestock in quarantine outside the village. The team faced huge resistance from the villagers, who suspected they had arrived to cull the goats. The officials convinced them that there was risk of the livestock getting infected by coronavirus and had to be tested.
P Manivannan, secretary of animal husbandry department, said that they will look into the matter and post-mortem will be conducted on the dead goats. The swab samples were sent to Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals in Bengaluru.
SM Byregowda, director of IAHVB, said that there was no record yet of COVID-19 spreading from humans to animals, adding, ‘Anyhow, we are sending the samples to Bhopal for COVID-19 tests as the kits are not available with us.’
BL Chidananda, professor at UAS, GKVK said that zoonotic viruses, such as novel coronavirus, generally spread from animals to humans. Agency reports quoted veterinary experts as saying the animals were suffering from Peste des petits ruminants, and mycoplasma infection, which require quarantine.
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