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28 elephant corona infected in Tamil Nadu’s Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

28 elephants from Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu were tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday. Samples of 26 adults and 2 calves from Theppakadu camp have been sent to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute at Izatnagar, Uttar Pradesh.

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28 elephants from Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu were tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday. Samples of 26 adults and 2 calves from Theppakadu camp have been sent to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute at Izatnagar, Uttar Pradesh.
This is done as a precautionary measure after nine lions tested positive for COVID-19, and a lioness succumbed to the virus on June 3 at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park or Vandalur Zoo outside Chennai.

Dr K Rajesh Kumar, Forest Veterinarian of Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, explained that most of the elephants cooperated. Swabs were collected from the trunk and rectum of the elephants while they were persuaded to lie down. This is a screening process and none of them are suspected of having the virus. He said that during testing, he did not need to mislead the elephants, which would have put a lot of pressure on the animal.

इस बीच एक निवारक उपाय के रूप में, हाथियों के भोजन का समय कंपित हो गया उनके लिए काम करने वाले पुरुषों को उनके तापमान की जांच के बाद ही प्रवेश की अनुमति दी जाती है।  शिविर में 52 महावत और 27 कावड़िए (महावत के सहायक) उपस्थित रहे और उन्हें प्राथमिकता के आधार पर टीका लगाया जा रहा है ।  मुदुमलाई टाइगर रिजर्व के फील्ड डायरेक्टर केके कौशल ने बताया,” अब तक 52 में से 12 महुआ का टीका लगाया जा चुका है । 

तमिलनाडु वन मंत्री कश्मीर रामाचंद्रन ने वैन अधिकारियों को सभी हाथियों के नमूने टेस्ट के लिए इकट्ठे करने के निर्देश दिए। 

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