Several monkeys attacked and stole blood samples from a medical official at a state-run medical college in Meerut, north of Lucknow, capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh in India.
The incident occurred earlier this week when a laboratory technician was walking on the campus of the college carrying four blood samples of patients who had tested positive for coronavirus.
As he was walking, a troop of monkeys appeared and snatched the blood samples from the man and made off with the infected blood.
One of the top officials at the college, Dr. S. K. Garg said they were unable to recover the samples and needed to do the tests again. He explained:
“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.”
Local residents in the area became concerned upon hearing the news, worried that the monkeys would carry the blood into residential areas, further spreading the virus.
Fear was also expressed regarding the possibility of the monkeys consuming the blood and contracting the virus. However, Dr. Garg said it was not clear if monkeys could contract covid-19 from infected blood, saying:
“No evidence has been found that monkeys can contract the infection.”
So far, the blood samples have not been recovered.
This is the latest example of monkeys wreaking havoc in India as they further stray into human settlements around the country in search of food.