At least 9 Utah fur farms have faced nearly 10,000 mink deaths after the COVID-19 outbreak. This comes after two ranch workers test positive for the virus, and the same virus was found in animals. This brings light to how infected humans can be a threat to other animals around them. While we see the transmission from human to animals occur in many instances, the instances for the other way around is much low.
The state Veterinarian added that, like most Humans, Minks also sow respiratory distress as a sign of the disease. Besides, there have also been signs like open mouth breathing, nasal and ocular discharge before they pass away the next day. He also added that older minks are dying predominantly, and about 50 percent of the breeding population is wiped off. Minks were first tested positive for the virus in the Netherlands. Following outbreaks in European countries, around 1 million minks have been put down.
The Veterinarian also added that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USDA, and Wildlife Services are working together in effective ways to stop transmission between humans and animals. Currently, there are also no plans to put these animals down due to the outbreak. Minks also part of the list of animals, including lions, dogs, cats that have tested positive for the virus.
Source: NBC News
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