More than 100 minks infected with the new corona may have escaped from the fur farm, and there are concerns about spreading the virus to wild animals.
Mink, which is used as a material for fur around the world, is known to infect the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), and there are cases where mutants of SARS-CoV-2 infect humans from mink. It has been reported. In response to this situation, while mink is being slaughtered in countries such as Denmark, 'There is a possibility that more than 100 mink infected with SARS-CoV-2 have escaped from the fur farm, and wildlife infection. There is a risk of spreading the word. '
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It is also known that mink not only infects SARS-CoV-2 and spreads the virus to humans, but also produces various mutants. According to the Danish state-owned research institute Statens Serum Institut , some of the SARS-CoV-2 mutants found in mink may weaken the efficacy of vaccines under development in each country. There is.
In Denmark, the world's largest fur industry, at least 12 people have been found to be infected with a SARS-CoV-2 mutant found on a mink farm. Taking this situation seriously, the Danish government decided on November 4, 2020 to mass slaughter mink kept in the country.
A mutant of the new coronavirus infects humans from mink, killing 17 million minks --GIGAZINE
Even after the slaughter was carried out, the corpse 'like a zombie' sometimes appeared on the surface of the earth from the grave where the mink's corpse was buried, causing public turmoil. The mink's corpse appeared on the surface of the earth because it rotted, expanded with gas, and was pushed out of the ground. At the time of writing the article, more than 10 million minks were slaughtered in Denmark, but officials in the fur industry estimate that 5-7 million minks will be shipped as is.
Mass slaughtered mink comes out of the grave like a zombie-GIGAZINE
Under these circumstances, a large British letter, The Guardian, newly reported that 'the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infected mink being in the wild has been confirmed.' 'Thousands of minks escape each year. Minks are exotic and hunters and traps kill thousands of minks each year,' said Sten Mortensen, veterinary research manager at the Danish Department of Veterinary Food. He pointed out that wild mink continues to maintain a certain population.
According to Mortensen, about 5% of the minks that escaped from the farm may have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, with more than 100 minks carrying SARS-CoV-2. It may exist in the wild. Mink infected with SARS-CoV-2 may have symptoms for several days, but most of them recover and rarely die.
Generally, mink is an animal that lives alone, so the risk of spreading the infection is low, but ferrets and cats that prey on mink or touch mink feces may be infected with SARS-CoV-2. There is. Marion Koopmans, who studies the virus at Erasmus Rotterdam University in the Netherlands, said that when SARS-CoV-2 spreads among wild animals, it continues to evolve among animals like swine flu and bird flu, and is permanently human. He argued that it could be a threat.
At the time of writing the article, the development of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for mink is underway. Dr. John Easley, Veterinary and Research Director of the American Fur Commission , hopes that mink vaccines will be available on fur farms in the United States and elsewhere by the spring of 2021. In response, the animal welfare organization Humane Society International has accused the topic of vaccines of trying to distract from the poor conditions of the mink farm itself.
by Marc Evans
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