Oregon officials confirmed that the mink infected with the coronavirus was quarantined from the outbreak in November, and the farm has affected both mink and humans.
According to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the runaway mink was captured by a team of state biologists on December 13 and tested positive for the virus at low levels a week later.
About five possums and two cats were captured at the same time as the mink. No other animals tested positive for COVID-19.
Dr. Ryan Scholz, a veterinarian at the Oregon Department of Agriculture, said in a statement: “There is no evidence that SARS-CoV-2 is spreading or has been established in the wild.”
“However, we attach great importance to this situation and continue to investigate and trap near the farm.”
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State officials refused to disclose the location of the farm, citing medical privacy.
Animal welfare experts warned that the mink raised on the farm constituted “a serious concern about disease transmission and safety protocols”.
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Jonathan Evans, the legal director and attorney of the Center for Biodiversity, said that the outbreak may affect wildlife populations and may “create new risks” for more COVID-19 mutations.
He said in a statement: “With the surge of COVID-19 across the country, Oregon officials must take more measures to reduce and control disease outbreaks on factory farms, require increased safety agreements on fur farms, and better Report where these disease outbreaks occurred.” USA Today.
In Denmark, an outbreak of mink was reported for the first time. Denmark’s large-scale culling of the entire mink was subject to strict scrutiny and terrorist attacks, causing the mink to “emerge” from a shallow grave. A government official resigned after dealing with the situation.
Fortunately, officials confirmed that the mink on the farm in Oregon had recovered from the November outbreak. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration guidelines require another round of testing before the farm is no longer locked.
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This article originally appeared on USA Today: COVID: Oregon mink infected with coronavirus escapes from farm