Shepherd tests positive for COVID-19 in Karnataka; 47 goats quarantined

South India

Forty-seven goats were quarantined on Tuesday after a shepherd tested positive for coronavirus in Godekere village in Tumakuru district, about 127km from Bengaluru.


According to the Times of India report, the village in Chikkanayakanahalli taluk has around 300 houses and a population of 1,000. 

Two villagers, including the goatherd, tested positive recently. Following this, four goats of the goat-rearer died, causing alarm in the village.

The 22-year-old hailed from family of shepherds and had been to Nelamangala in Bengaluru for work and might have contracted the virus there.

As per the media reports, officials from the Animal husbandry department, wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), reached the farm and collected the samples from the goats/sheep.

According to the official report, there is no record of any animal contracting the virus till date, however, they collected samples to check for respiratory issues that were seen among the herd, the samples are taken will also be sent for a COVID-19 test just to be sure.

"The sheep and goat were showing symptoms for respiratory illnesses, it's common during this season. The chances of an animal contracting virus is almost nill. Till today there hasn't been a record of this”, KG Nandish, Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry department, Tumkur, quoted by Times Now as saying.

“Since the Shepherd tested positive.. the sheep and goat were showing respiratory issues. We collected 10 samples and five have been sent to the Institute of Animal Health & Veterinary Biologicals, five more have been sent to the National Institute for high-risk animal diseases in Bhopal to test virological infections," he added.

As per the Indian Express report, the samples will be sent to a laboratory at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. Until then, there will be a ban on the butchering of the sheep in the region.

The relatives of the shepherd took the animals away to Jakkanahalli in the neighbouring Tiptur taluk for quarantine. 


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