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Danish government orders death of a million minks due to COVID-19 outbreak

Danish government orders death of a million minks due to COVID-19 outbreak
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The Danish government has ordered mink farms to cull over 1 million animals due to reported outbreaks of coronavirus among the species, prized for its fur.

王中王精选一肖一码The outbreak among the mink population was detected in late June after a COVID-19 patient was linked to a mink farm in North Jutland, the .

 

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As of this month, mink on around 60 farms in North Jutland have tested positive for coronavirus, and an additional 46 farms are under suspicion, Mogens Jensen, the Danish minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, .

"We have continuously launched initiatives to manage and contain the spread of infection," Jensen said in a statement.

王中王精选一肖一码"In view of the recent large increase, we must unfortunately state that it has not been sufficient to prevent continued spread of infection among the North Jutland mink herds," he added.

The order mandates that mink farms within five miles of a farm or herd that is confirmed or suspected to be infected with the coronavirus must be culled.

"It is a difficult decision that the government has made, but we fully support it," said Tage Pedersen, chairman of the Danish Mink Breeders Association.

In Utah,王中王精选一肖一码 cases of COVID-19 have also been detected among mink farm populations, with state officials reporting that over 10,000 animals have died from the virus.

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While officials in Utah said, "research indicates there hasn't been a spread from mink to humans," state veterinarian Dean Taylor noted the mink suffered from respiratory issues, similar to human symptoms.

王中王精选一肖一码The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the Danish Emergency Management Agency will handle the process of culling mink in Denmark.

王中王精选一肖一码Mink breeders will be compensated for the cost of losing their herd and other operating losses.

王中王精选一肖一码Denmark is the world's largest producer of mink skins, the Danish Agriculture and Food Council .

王中王精选一肖一码The country has nearly 1,500 Danish fur farmers that produce around 19 million mink skins per year.

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