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Experts Look To Mink Farms As Possible Origin Of COVID-19 Pandemic

by | May 23, 2020

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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