Utah mink is the first wild animal to test positive for coronavirus

A wild American mink in Utah has tested positive for the coronavirus — the first wild animal found to be infected with the virus, researchers say.   The wild mink was infected with a variant of the coronavirus that was “indistinguishable” from viruses taken from nearby farmed minks, researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture wrote […]

Escaped mink could spread the coronavirus to wild animals

More than 100 SARS-CoV-2 infected mink may have escaped from Danish fur farms, raising the risk that these escapees could spread the novel coronavirus to wild animals, creating a new reservoir for the virus, The Guardian reported. “Every year, a few thousand mink escape,” and this year, an estimated 5% of these escaped animals may […]

Denmark to cull all farmed mink to stop coronavirus outbreaks

Denmark, the world’s largest producer of mink, will cull all farmed mink in the country to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection, both between the animals and to their human handlers, Danish authorities announced Wednesday (Nov. 4). There are currently more than 15 million mink being raised at more than 1,000 farms in Denmark, The […]