Coronavirus has killed about 10,000 minks in Utah


In October 2007 a mink was released by an unknown group from a breeding facility in the East German city of Grabow.

In October 2007 a mink was released by an unknown group from a breeding facility in the East German city of Grabow.
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Humans are not the only creatures to die from Kovid-19, it seems. In recent weeks, the state of Utah has been working with people who have died extensively in mink farms, which health officials believe is linked to a viral epidemic-outbreak that likely began with contact with infected human operators happened. So far, about 10,000 minks in Utah have been killed during these outbreaks in two-week intervals.

According to the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF), these deaths have been concentrated among nine fur farms in the state. Shortly before he died, UDAF vet Dean Taylor told NBC News, these minks experience breathing symptoms such as trouble breathing or runny nose and eye discharge, as in people who are ill with Kovid-19. Along with people, old minks seem susceptible to die of coronovirus, he said.

For months now, scientists have known that minks and other vessels, such as ferritus, can be infected with coronoviruses that cause covid-19, and they can catch it from infected humans. Unlike cats, dogs, and other animals that have been infected through human contact with the virus, however, Vessels seem particularly vulnerable to more serious disease. This is what these animals are made of Useful model To study viruses outside the Petri dish in the lab, but it also makes them an easy target for viruses in the real world.

In fact, the outbreak of Utah is not the first time Mink Farms. Earlier there was an outbreak in Netherlands and Spain Prompted to The authorities there detained more than 1 Million mink to prevent the infection from spreading further. So far, no mink in Utah has been killed as a precaution during these recent outbreaks, although affected farms have caused quarantine. The UDAF is also working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies to secure more personal protective equipment and training for farmers working with mink in the state.

Severe as these outbreaks was done For the mink industry, the danger seems to be less to the people. Although people can spread the virus to mink and other animals, the risk of these animals again is to spread the infection to other susceptible conditions. idea Too low, according to the CDC.

That said, the original strain of coronovirus that was responsible for Kovid-19 likely came from an unknown animal source, possibly bats.

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