Monkeys flee with COVID-19 samples in UP's Meerut

Cheryl Sanders
May 29, 2020

In a freaky incident in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut, a monkey snatched blood samples of Covid-19 patients from a lab technician of the Meerut Medical College on Friday.

"Monkeys grabbed and fled with the blood samples of four COVID-19 patients who are undergoing treatment. we had to take their blood samples again", said Dr S.K. Garg, a top official at the college.

The monkeys attacked a lab technician at the Meerut Medical College in Uttar Pradesh - before they were tested.

The police chief said there was a risk of the monkeys spreading the infection and the college is now attempting to trace the samples.

In a video that has since gone viral, monkeys can be seen sitting on a tree and chewing the sample collection kit. He issued a statement and said that the monkeys snatched the samples of suspected coronavirus patients.

Monkeys are apparently quite common within the college campus but with this incident, locals are afraid that this could spread the infection. According to a research study at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, the monkeys once infected by coronavirus can be protected against reinfection - provided they survive it the first time.

In India, groups of monkeys are attacking people with increasing regularity as they are displaced from their natural habitats by urban sprawl.

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