Some 47 goats were quarantined this week after the shepherd in charge of looking after them tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.
The goats, in the village of Godekere, India, were isolated away from the 1,000 residents amid fears they would have to cull the animals.
Tests were carried out after two villagers tested positive for the disease.
Following the positive tests, four of the goats who belonged to the goat-rearer died – sparking widespread alarm in the village.
The spikes in cases led district health and veterinary officials to visit to village on Tuesday in order to collect swab samples.
At first, the team reportedly was met with resistance from the villagers who believed they had come to cull the goats.
But, when they explained the risk of the rest of their livestock getting infected they agreed to have the team check the goats.
Officials will now examine the samples at a lab at the Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals to establish what exactly the goats died from.
Dr SM Byregowda, director of the institute, said there was no recorded cases where coronavirus could spread from animals to humans.
He added: “In any case, we are sending the samples to Bhopal for Covid tests as the kits are not available with us.”
It comes as scientists expressed concern about a new swine flu strain found in China that could spark another “new pandemic”.
Called genotype 4, or G4 for short, the virus strain is genetically descended from the swine flu pandemic that gripped the world in 2009.
According to scientists at China’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and universities in the communist nation, the strain possesses “all the essential hallmarks of being highly adapted to infect humans”.
Researchers have spent seven years taking thousands of swabs from pigs in slaughterhouses across China, which allowed them to find and isolate 179 swine flu viruses.