Lucknow: The sudden demise of 10 monkeys in a village in Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh in the last four days has raised suspicion over the possible spread of the infection among animals.
As per reports, the monkeys had developed pneumonia-like symptoms before kicking the bucket.
The authorities have sent the samples of two dead monkeys to Bareilly’s Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) to confirm the cause of death.
Following this incident, the district administration started screening the villagers for COVID-19 symptoms.
Five teams of the Health officials have screened 330 people in the village till now, confirmed Sambhal Chief Medical Officer Dr Amita Singh.
The autopsy reports are in progress, but IVRI Director RK Singh refused to divulge any details about it.
Sambhal Divisional Forest Officer Devendra Kumar Chaturvedi stated that all the ten carcasses were found near a pond in the village.