Cats from COVID ward in Kasaragod found dead; organ samples to be sent for tests
Thiruvananthapuram: The cats at the coronavirus isolation ward in Kasaragod general hospital were found dead. Following this, the internal organs of the cats were sent for tests to Institute of Animal Diseases Centre in Thiruvananthapuram.
The authorities said that no COVID symptoms were found in the primary examination of the dead cats. They were kept in a cage after being caught from the isolation ward and was found dead later. The limited air circulation inside the cage also can be the cause of death, they said.
Two male cats, one female cat and two kittens were caught from the hospital on March 28. After two days, the female cat was found dead. Other cats also died shortly after this. The authorities said that the cats were given food and milk. As the cats died after being caught from the COVID ward, postmortem was conducted fearing virus infection, said District Animal Husbandry Department.
Dr Titto Joseph and Dr Sethulakshmi who conducted the autopsy of the cats said they did not find anything unnatural about the cats' death, but the internal organs will be sent to Thiruvananthapuram for detailed examination.
Joseph, Kasaragod District Coordinator of Animal Disease Control Project, said that the organs will be sent to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases Lab in Bhopal, if necessary.
The cats died soon after a tiger in a US zoo was tested positive for corona virus. Following this, the Animal husbandry department officials were concerned of the situation.