COVID-19 in minks

Netherlands // 02 August, 2020

2 Aug: Authorities have reported more outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2 in mink farms in Rijkevoort and Oploo. The outbreaks were detected through regular surveillance. There are now a total of 27 mink farms in the Netherlands that have been affected by SARS-CoV-2.

16 July: Another mink farm in Ledeacker has been infected, including at least 4,500 mink dams. Overall, the Netherlands has declared 24 mink companies to be infected. All animals from the 23 farms that were previously diagnosed were culled.

8 July: At least 20 mink farms have been found infected in the Netherlands, the most recent in Gemert, North Brabant. All animals at the infected farms have been culled.

5 June: COVID-19 has been detected in circulation in further mink farms, affected locations include Gemert-Bakel, Laarbeek, Deurne, St Anthonis, and Venray. In response, all animals at the affected farms will be culled to prevent further spread. Employees at the farms will be tested, in addition to ban on visitor and transport bans.

3 June: Additional mink farms were found to be affected (in Dutch) with COVID-19 during active surveillance. Since 26 April, a total of six mink farms have reported infections in minks. They are located in the municipalities of Gemert-Bakel, Laarbeek, Deurne and Sint Anthonis. A mink farm at Venray is also suspected to be affected. Required measures have been implemented.

10 May: The Dutch Ministry of Health (RIVM) has issued a press release on the detection of COVID-19 virus in mink farms. On 7 May, SARS-CoV2 was found in at least two mink farms each located in De Mortel and Deurne respectively. The virus was found in dust samples inside the house. Authorities have cordoned off 400 metres around the location and public roads in the vicinity are closed. The infection is suspected to have been transmitted via infected humans to the animals. Earlier in April, two other mink farms also reported contamination with SARS-CoV2. Investigations are going and air and dust samples from the environment are being tested.

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