Ole Jensen/Getty Images
An official of the Greek Ministry of Agriculture said that the mink on two farms in northern Greece was found to be suffering from the coronavirus.
According to a Greek newspaper, the official said that the strain found in mink is the same as that found in humans. Casimirini. One of the breeders also tested positive for the virus.
The newspaper reported that since 2,500 minks on a farm were extinguished, officials of the ministry said that animal samples collected there tested positive for the virus.
The newspaper said that tests conducted on workers at a mink farm in the Kastoria region found 10 positive cases. The mink trade is an important source of income in the region.
The Danish authorities announced plans to kill the entire population of up to 17 million minks in Denmark after discovering that certain animals carry virus mutations that can be transmitted to humans.
The World Health Organization said this month that so far, 12 people have been found to have a mutated virus strain in Denmark.
Denmark’s main mink fur sales cooperative said on Thursday that it will “gradually scale down” and will eventually close in the next two to three years. Kopenhagen Fur CEO Jesper Lauge (Jesper Lauge) said in a statement: “Unfortunately, even the strongest communities are not immune from the consequences of the decisions made now.”
Joanna Kakissis provided this report for Greece.