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Shepherd tests positive for Covid-19 in Karnataka; Herd to be tested
Forty-three sheep were quarantined after a shepherd tested positive for novel coronavirus at Godekere Gollarahatti in the taluk. District Minister J C Madhuswamy has instructed the district administration and the Animal Husbandry department to subject the sheep to Covid-19 tests.
The move followed after five sheep found dead in mysterious circumstances at the village. All 43 sheep of the infected person have been isolated from the herd and kept at a place in Jakkanahalli.
"There is no evidence that the sheep can contract Covid-19 and transmit the virus to the people. But since the virus has many strains and keep changing its genetic make-up, draw throat swab samples of the sheep and send the same to Covid-19 lab. Till the report comes, keep the livestock in isolation," Madhuswamy told the officials.