Covid-19 outbreak among 12,000 animals and workers at US minx farm
An Oregon minx farm which homes around 12,000 animals has reported a coronavirus outbreak among the animals and workers after a number of minx’s tested positive for the deadly virus.
An Oregon minx farm has reported a Covid19 outbreak among its 12,000 animals and workers.
According to Statesman Journal, Oregon Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Andrea Cantu-Schomus declined to say which county the farm is in or how many workers have tested positive, citing federal health privacy rules.
However, she confirmed the farm has about 12,000 animals on site.
On November 19, the farmer reported symptoms in some of the animals to the ODA, said Cantu-Schomus.
Samples were then taken from 10 of the sick minx, with all coming back positive for SARS-CoV-2, the animal virus linked to COVID-19 in humans.
Cantu-Schomus didn’t confirm how many were sick, but said the 10 were a “sample” of the population.
Then on November 23, ODA placed the farm under quarantine in a bid to stop the spread – four days after symptoms showed.
Cantu-Schomus said that on the same day, Oregon Health Authority asked all workers on the farm to self-isolate.
Sadly, this isn’t the first reported outbreak and many have been reported in the US.
Just this month in Denmark it was announced it would kill all 17 million of the minx after it was confirmed that 12 people had caught a mutated strain of COVID-19 from minxs.
The strain has not been found anywhere else.
Eight of Oregon’s 11 mink farms are in Marion County but the others are not currently under quarantine.
The Statesman Journal reported last week how the state and national environmental groups have been raising alarm about possible infections Oregon’s mink industry.
“This was so foreseeable,” said Lori Ann Burd, with the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the groups urging Oregon to take action.
“We’ll certainly be following up with the agency to demand answers and to find out what they’re doing to mitigate this outbreak and public health risk.”
So far it has been recorded that around 1.4million people have died worldwide from the virus.
A total of 61.8m cases have been recorded, with 60million cases being confirmed.
The virus is surging in many regions and countries that had apparent success in suppressing initial outbreaks are also seeing infections rise again.
In the UK, 57,031 have died of Covid-19 as of November 28, with the country facing over 1million confirmed cases.
The US has seen the most deaths under Donald Trump’s presidency after 262,254 people have lost their lives.
Courtesy of dailystar.co.uk