Sunday, November 29, 2020

Oregon mink farm has COVID-19 outbreak after advocates warned of danger in state

© Ole Jensen / Getty Images A mink at a Denmark estate where all minks must be culled due to a government order on November 7, 2020. Ten samples from mink in Oregon were found to be positive for SARS-CoV-2, the animal virus linked to COVID-19.

 SALEM, Ore. – An Oregon mink farm has reported an outbreak of COVID-19 among animals and workers.

Oregon Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Andrea Cantu-Schomus declined to say which county the farm is in or how many workers have tested positive, citing federal health privacy rules. The farm has about 12,000 animals, she said. 

Outbreaks in farmed mink have been reported in several U.S. states and countries. Earlier this month Denmark announced it would kill all 17 million of the mink raised there after confirmation that 12 people had been infected with a mutated strain of COVID-19 that had spread from mink to humans. That strain has not been found elsewhere.

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