5.29.2020

Monkeys attack a medical official who is carrying vials of Covid-19 positive blood and steal them. This could be the beginning of a "Contagion Part 2" type sci-fi horror movie!

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Monkeys attack a medical official who is carrying vials of Covid-19 positive blood and steal them.
This could be the beginning of a "Contagion Part 2" type sci-fi horror movie!  LOL.  But it's not... it's real life.  In India.

LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) - A troop of monkeys in India attacked a medical official and snatched away blood samples of patients who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, authorities said on Friday.

The attack occurred this week when a laboratory technician was walking in the campus of a state-run medical college in Meerut, 460 km (285 miles) north of Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh state.

“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,” said Dr S. K. Garg, a top official at the college. 

Garg said it was not clear if the monkeys could contract the coronavirus if they came into contact with infected blood.

Monkeys have been increasingly straying into human settlements in India and causing disturbances, even attacking people. Environmentalists say the destruction of natural habitat is the main reason the animals move into urban areas in search of food.