A wild mink tested positive for the coronavirus in Oregon earlier this month, which raised alarms about the possibility of mutations in the COVID-19 strain.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture announced in a press release that the mink received a positive test from the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory on December 22 after being arrested on December 13.
According to reports, the level of virus in the mink system is low.
According to reports, it escaped from a mink farm in Oregon, which has been in isolation because ten mink samples at the end of October tested positive for the coronavirus.
The wild mink tested positive for the coronavirus in Oregon.Pictured: Mink from Denmark
The mink in Oregon was one of nine animals that escaped from a farm where a mink outbreak had occurred. The other animals tested negative.Pictured: Mink from Denmark
In addition to the sick mink, three cats and five wild possums also escaped from the isolation field, although none of the other animals tested positive for COVID.
Lori Ann Burd, Director of Environmental Health at the Center for Biodiversity, told Oregon: “Infected minks can even escape from isolated fur farms. This puts countless wild animals at risk of infection. It’s incredible.”
“Although I hope this COVID-19 case will be limited to one mink they tested in the field, we know that this virus is highly contagious, and this situation will soon develop into many.
Bird warned in a opinion column of OregonLive that infected minks may not only spread the virus in wild minks, but also produce mutated virus strains that may harm our newly cast vaccine.
At the same time, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, the problem of the farm itself seems to have been resolved.
On December 7th, 62 minks tested positive for the coronavirus, but there was no test result on December 21, which means that the quarantine work will be terminated before the final round of testing results.
Dr. Ryan Scholz of ODA said: “There is no evidence that SARS-CoV-2 is spreading or has been established in the wild.”’Sampling from several animals of different species, all other animals were negative. Nevertheless, we still attach great importance to this situation and continue to investigate and trap near the farm. “
Among the mink skins still in the farm, none of them have tested positive recently, and the quarantine work on the farm is about to end.Pictured: Wild mink in Minnesota
The outbreak came after Denmark ordered the culling of 17 million minks to prevent human infection of minks after 12 cases of mink in the country were ordered.
Dr. Scholz continued: “In addition, we also require the USDA to conduct additional tests on the mink captured, including sequencing the viral genome and DNA testing to ensure that we know exactly the source of this mink.”
It is believed that the mink skins of this farm are infected with human coronavirus, which is why ODA will not release the name of this farm. They are protecting the personal health of individuals.
The Capital News reported that there are only 11 licensed mink farms in the state, including 8 in Marion County, 2 in Krathorpe County and 1 in Lynn County.
Wisconsin, Utah and Idaho are the only states that can produce larger furs than Oregon.
Concerns about the mink outbreak in Oregon followed the destruction of the Danish mink community.
After 12 people in the country became positive for COVID-19 due to contact with minks, the country ordered the killing of 17 million minks in the country.
Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen now apologizes for the decision, because the dead mink began to surface from the ground.
There is evidence that the coronavirus has the ability to mutate, which may have a negative impact on vaccines being promoted globally.
South Africa and the United Kingdom are countries that announced new strains of the virus circulating within their respective borders.
At the same time, the United States is still trying to contain the first outbreak of COVID-19.
Currently, the country has more than 18 million coronavirus cases and the death toll has reached 330,279.
Since March, the U.S. now has more than 18 million COVID-19 cases