Denmark To Cull More Than 15M Mink As Mutated Novel Coronavirus Detected In Mink Farm Workers Causes Concerns

AP: North Denmark in lockdown over mutated virus in mink farms
“More than a quarter million Danes went into lockdown Friday in a northern region of the country where a mutated variation of the coronavirus has infected minks being farmed for their fur, leading to an order to kill millions of the animals…” (Olsen, 11/6).

Financial Times: ‘Ticking bombs’: threat of mink coronavirus mutation sparks anxiety
“Denmark will gas to death and then burn up to 17m mink in the next few days as scientists debate the threat of a coronavirus strain that could be passed from humans to the animals and back again. … Danish authorities are sounding the alarm, because a mutated version of the virus which was passed from humans to mink seems to have been transmitted back to several people in northern Denmark and the new strain could be more resistant to potential vaccines…” (Milne/Cookson, 11/6).

Additional coverage of Denmark’s mink cull and the newly discovered coronavirus mutation is available from NBC News and Washington Post.

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