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Uttar Pradesh: Monkey Steals Coronavirus Patients' Blood Samples,Eats Surgical Gloves
coronavirus infections have been reported in very few animals worldwide
Uttar Pradesh: Monkey Steals Coronavirus Patients' Blood Samples, Eats Surgical Gloves
New Delhi: In Uttar Pradesh's largest government hospitals, in a bizarre incident, a monkey attacked a lab technician, snatched vials containing blood samples from three coronavirus patients, and escaped.
The video of the incident which has widely shared on social media, in which the monkey can be seen sitting atop a tree in the hospital premises, trying to eat what looks like surgical gloves he stole along with the samples.
Meanwhile, Hospital authorities have admitted to the incident but clarify that the sample was not throat swabs used to confirm Coronavirus positivity in a person, but regular blood samples taken from already infected patients being treated here.
"These were not COVID test samples, but blood samples from COVID patients meant for routine tests. The man from whom the samples were snatched said fresh samples have been collected," Dr. SK Garg, principal of Meerut Medical College and Hospital, said.
Dr.Garg said that "coronavirus samples are stored and transported in clod chain boxes, not in the open, indicating that chances of throat swab samples meeting a similar fate were unlikely and people living in the hospitals need not fear the spread of disease because of the incident.
Further, the doctor said that there is no scientific study that shows the novel coronavirus can spread to monkeys from humans.
The worldwide, however coronavirus infections have been reported in very few animals, mostly in those that had close contact with a person with coronavirus the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said.