Ponda: Following the dead monkeys found in Ponda testing positive for the Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD), apprehensions of an outbreak of the disease literally haunts the town. This was proved on Monday after some people informed the Ponda forest range office that a dead monkey was spotted near a road at Curti ward, at the outskirts of the Ponda town.
Villagers assumed that an infected monkey came from these areas and met with a fatal accident with a vehicle during the night.
A local from Curti informed the Ponda range forest office, which later informed the directorate of animal husbandry and veterinary services (AHVS), Panaji. A team of veterinary doctors attached to AHVS’ disease investigation unit (DIU) was immediately rushed to the site.
“When the team of DIU veterinarians reached the site and prepared to take the animal for post mortem they found the dead animal was a dog and not a monkey,” an official of the Ponda range forest office told TOI.
News that a dead monkey had been spotted spread across the town creating panic among citizens. Apprehension ceased only after the people realized that the dead animal was a dog. The carcass was later buried by the forest personnel. [TOI]