World News – GB – More than 3,000 mink dead from coronavirus on Wisconsin animal farm

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The mink in the United States has died after an outbreak at a fur farm in Taylor County, Wisconsin, in the past month, according to Fresh data from the Department of Agriculture, Commerce and of Consumer Protection (DATCP)

Although DATCP spokesperson Kevin Hoffman has said the disease has not spread to other mink farming facilities, the agency will however withhold any information on other affected farms until  » that the investigation into the epidemic is completed

« One of the promising developments there right now is the rate at which mink is dying has slowed to a normal rate, » Hoffman said as quoted by local media on Thursday. « A farm can suffer losses due to an illness that it might usually see at this time of year, like pneumonia for example, so that’s what they’re going through right now »

The outbreak was detected in early October, with DATCP insisting it only affected mink, with no case of animal-to-human transmission being observed Fur farms in Utah and Michigan have also seen outbreaks of Covid-19 in recent weeks, with more than 10,000 mink succumbing to the disease

If left unchecked, however, the epidemics could spell disaster for the U.S. fur industry and unpredictable consequences for the human population, as recent developments in Denmark show.

The world’s largest mink fur-producing country on Wednesday announced it plans to slaughter its entire stockpile of more than 15 million animals to minimize the risk of them re-transmitting the novel coronavirus to humans after a dozen people contracted the infection from the animals

Animal rights group Humane Society International has said slaughter in Denmark is a welfare ‘tragedy’, but also an opportunity to ‘get away from this cruel and dying industry »

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SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com/news/world-news-gb-more-than-3000-mink-dead-from-coronavirus-on-wisconsin-animal-farm/?remotepost=527887

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