Experts Look To Mink Farms As Possible Origin Of COVID-19 Pandemic
Minks at four fur farms in the Netherlands have tested positive for coronavirus.
The Dutch government is now investigating the possibility that a farmed mink first passed the virus to humans.
“Mink To Human”
“On the basis of new research results from the ongoing research into COVID-19 infections at mink farms, it is plausible that an infection took place from mink to human” said a government statement.
“It also appears from this research that minks can have COVID-19 without displaying symptoms.”
A wet market in China is widely believed to be the origin of the pandemic — although this has not been confirmed.
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The Dutch government is now calling for testing at all mink farms in the country.
“If COVID-19 has been passed between humans and minks, it shows just how dangerous fur farms can be” said Jan Schmidt-Burbach, head of wildlife research at World Animal Protection.
“A Perfect Storm”
“The animal suffering involved makes matters worse, as cramped and stressful conditions weaken the animals’ immune systems, creating a perfect storm for diseases to thrive.”
Mink farms were banned in the Netherlands in 2013, with existing farms being told to shut down by 2024.
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