Coronavirus pressure present in Polish mink can move to people, authorities says


Warsaw: A pressure of the coronavirus found in mink on a farm in northern Poland could be transmitted to people and vice versa, the agriculture ministry mentioned on Saturday.

COVID-19 was present in mink in Kartuzy county late final month, in what agriculture officers mentioned was the primary such case in Poland, elevating fears of expensive culls in an business that counts over 350 farms within the nation.

“Knowledge obtained from the chief sanitary inspectorate and final 12 months’s experiences in Denmark and the Netherlands clearly point out that additionally in Poland, this virus can unfold from mink to people and vice versa,” the ministry mentioned in a press release.

Mink breeder Peter Hindbo, left, talks with Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, right, during a visit to a closed mink farm.

Mink breeder Peter Hindbo, left, talks with Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, proper, throughout a go to to a closed mink farm.Credit score:

Denmark’s complete herd of some 17 million mink, one of many world’s largest, was ordered to be culled in early November after a whole lot of farms suffered outbreaks of coronavirus and authorities discovered mutated strains of the virus amongst individuals.

In August, the Netherlands determined to order the closure of greater than 100 mink farms after a number of workers contracted COVID-19.

Following the invention of COVID-19 on the farm in Kartuzy county, Polish authorities mentioned all mink there could be culled.

Reuters