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Over 100 Infected Danish Mink Have Escaped and May Spread SARS-CoV-2 into Wildlife

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Over 100 Infected Danish Mink Have Escaped and May Spread SARS-CoV-2 into Wildlife
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Over 100 Infected Danish Mink Have Escaped and May Spread SARS-CoV-2 into Wildlife

More than 100 SARS-CoV-2 infected mink might have escaped from Danish fur farms, increasing the threat that these escapees could spread the novel coronavirus to wild animals, developing a new reservoir for its virus, The Guardian reported.

"Every year, a couple of thousand mink escape," and this year, an estimated 5 percent of those escaped creatures may have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, Sten Mortensen, veterinary research manager at the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, advised The Guardian.

These mink may be dispersing the coronavirus to wild animals, even as millions of mink still on farms are being culled to prevent the spread of this virus.

After several hundred farms reported SARS-CoV-2 infections in one of their mink, the Danish authorities ordered that mink in the nation be culled to prevent additional spread of the illness, Live Science previously reported.

While circulating in mink, the virus had picked up genetic mutations, health police found, and this parasitic virus spread from the mink into a few people. The authorities were worried that if the parasitic virus spread to many people, it could make COVID-19 vaccines less effective.

Experts had doubts about this claim, noting there is not enough evidence that the mutated virus would be immune to vaccines. The Danish government cannot lawfully order farmers to cull healthy creatures. The Associated Press reported; however, despite the questionable legality of this order, more than 10 million of Denmark's roughly 17 million mink have already been culled.

No new cases of the mink virus have cropped up in the past two months - but today, authorities warn that the virus may still be dispersing, unnoticed, in the wild.

Generally, mink are"very solitary animals," so the risk of spreading the virus to other animals may be low, Mortensen noted.

Much like free-roaming cats and members of the weasel family, vulnerable animals would be likely to catch the virus from eating infected mink or coming in contact with their feces, '' he explained.

For example, wild inhabitants of European polecat (Mustela putorius), a near relative to ferrets and minks, could be located in Denmark, according to a Journal of Zoology report.

If permitted to spread unchecked in wild creatures, SARS-CoV-2 would continue to float in various species and present a"permanent pandemic danger to people and creatures," Marion Koopmans, the mind of viroscience in Rotterdam's Erasmus University in the Netherlands, told The Guardian.

Coronavirus vaccines for mink are now being developed in the united states to safeguard the animals and the mink farming sector, based on The Guardian.

But agents of Humane Society International have argued that all the animals should be culled and the industry dissolved, both to prevent avoidable suffering of their mink and reduced the risk of future pandemics.

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