Monkeys run away with coronavirus test samples after attacking lab technician – World News

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A group of monkeys fled with coronavirus test samples after attacking a laboratory technician, we learned.

The technician was carrying test samples from three suspected Covid-19 patients when the bizarre incident occurred in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India.

But the monkeys reportedly uprooted the specimens and fled Meerut Medical College on Friday.

The samples had not yet been tested, reports Times Now.

Locals filmed what they say is one of the monkeys sitting in a chewing tree from one of the sample collection kits.

Fears are growing over the spread of the virus amid reports that the monkeys are transporting the samples to nearby residential areas.



A local filmed this video considered one of the monkeys with one of the samples

Amir Haque, head of the Lucknow office, said in a Times of India interview that during the attack, a monkey ripped off one of the test samples.

He called the incident “very, very dangerous.”

“Although animals cannot be responsible for the transmission of this disease, if they do these tests and move away from medical school to residential areas, then if there are contaminated kits, they (the monkeys) can spread the infection further.



The incident has been described as “very dangerous”


Tests must be repeated (file photo)

“It is therefore a very serious alarm for the health authorities as well as for the local administration involved. “

He said a “troop of monkeys” around the college had previously been reported to have created “nuisance” but that it was “something new”.

Mr. Haque said that the medical college was examining the matter and was trying to locate the samples.

He said there was an alarm in and around the college.

During this time, the three patients had to be retested.

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