47 Goats swabbed, quarantined after Goatherd tests Covid 19+ve in Karnataka


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

Sources said 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.

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 is risk of the livestock getting infected by coronavirus and have to be tested.

Swab samples sent to institute

P Manivannan, secretary of animal husbandry department, said they will look into the matter and postmortem will be conducted on the dead goats. The swab samples were sent to Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals in Bengaluru.

Dr SM Byregowda, director of IAHVB, said there is no record yet of Covid-19 spreading from humans to animals. “Anyhow, we are sending the samples to Bhopal for Covid tests as the kits are not available with us.” Dr BL Chidananda, professor at UAS, GKVK said zoonotic viruses, such as novel coronavirus, generally spread from animals to humans. Agency reports quoted veterinary experts as saying the animals are suffering from Peste des petits ruminants, and mycoplasma infection, which require quarantine.