Mink farm employee, pet dog tests positive for COVID-19

Denmark // 14 September, 2020

Update 14 September: Six mink farms have now confirmed infections, with an interactive map of affected municipalities reported by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.

Updated 17 August: As part of an ongoing testing strategy, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration found minks with the COVID-19 virus on a farm in the Hjorring Municipality. This is the fourth mink farm affected in total. All have been in North Jutland. This farm will not cull its animals, but has enaced safety measures to try and minimize the risk of human infection.

Updated 25 June: Another mink farm in North Jutland has been affected. Officials announced that there will be screening of more minks across the country. Authorities also found a family dog infected with COVID-19 in the infected farm.

Posted 17 June: The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration announced today in a press release [in Danish] that a mink farm in North Jutland will slaughter 11,000 animals as a precaution after several tested positive for coronavirus. At least one employee has also tested positive. When some animals displayed symptoms, samples were sent over the weekend to the Statens Serum Insitut, Denmark's infectious diseases agency. The farm was quarantined immediately, prohibiting any animals from entering and exiting, and limiting employee access. This is the first time coronavirus has been detected in a Danish mink farm. Local health authorities are also developing a plan to determine if other mink herds in the area are infected.



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