“Maybe It’s COVID-19” Villagers Fearful As Cattle Die

Zvimba villagers are living in fear as their cattle are dying in large numbers with some suggesting that they could be dying from COVID-19.

Some villagers who spoke to Pindula News said the mortality rate was high in Kutama village.

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Asked if Veterinary officers were assisting them, they said the officers were clueless. Said, one villager:

_They are clueless. They are also surprised._

Meanwhile, a study “Experimental Infection of Cattle with SARS-CoV-2” conducted by Lorenz Ulrich, Kerstin Wernike, Donata Hoffmann, Thomas C. Mettenleiter, and Martin Beer of Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Insel Riems, Germany, observed that under experimental conditions, cattle show low vulnerability to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Six (6) cattle were inoculated with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 and kept together with 3 uninoculated cattle.

They observed viral replication and specific seroreactivity (the reactivity of blood serum, especially to a virus.) in 2 inoculated animals, despite high levels of preexisting antibody titers (concentration) against a bovine betacoronavirus. The in-contact animals did not become infected.

The study concluded that in regions with large cattle populations and high prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in humans, such as the United States or countries in South America, close contact between livestock and infected animal owners or caretakers could cause anthropo-zoonotic infections of cattle, as the case is for highly susceptible animal species such as minks, felids, and dogs.

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