NBC News reports on nearly 10,000 mink deaths on farms in Utah in the US, while the picture in Europe is also blurred according to Sky News – on a farm in Spain, for example, killing more than 92,000 animals It is estimated that 90 percent of them caught the virus.
In the Netherlands, the death toll has increased even more: more than 1 million minks have been removed in the country with the concern that animals may transmit the virus back to humans, according to the AP virus. World Health Organization epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhov has stated that the risk of catching COVID-19 from an animal remains “very limited”.
In the case of a Utah outbreak, it covers nine fur farms and is believed to have been caused by a virus being passed through an infected handler. The first signs of the virus spreading in the region were seen back in August.
COVID-19 affects mink in a similar way to people, causing respiratory problems that worsen in older animals. The mustard group, which includes minks, weasels and badgers, is known to be at particular risk of catching SARS-CoV-2 coronaviruses.
UBC vet Dean Taylor told NBC News, “Minks breathe through open mouths, have discharges from their eyes and noses and are not ill for several days.” “They usually die within the next day.”
When deceased Mink’s lungs were examined “wet, heavy, red and angry” from Utah State University, veterinarian Tom Baldwin reported Science. This corresponds to a sign of pneumonia, and corresponds to investigations conducted in Europe.
Scientists are immediately trying to establish which animals are able to pass the virus back into humans – examples of this potentially occurring, but as WHO noted, the risk is considered low at this time (And much less of a risk) human-to-human transmission).
It appears that we can, to a great extent, pass it on to other species, as this tragedy shows among the mink population – another reason for the rest of the animal kingdom that scares us so much.
There is no doubt that scientists know a lot about how COVID-19 has to return from humans to animals and back again – we still don’t know how humans caught it in the first place – but American agriculture The department is keeping track of infected animals here.
This is another sad story in a year full of them, but there are reasons to be optimistic that a coronavirus vaccine is not far away.