Mutated coronavirus leads to massive mink killing in Denmark

Mink on a B.C. mink farm.
Mink on a B.C. mink farm.

Denmark will kill as many as 17 million mink on industrialized fur farms following the news that a mutated form of the coronavirus that can transmit to humans was found on farms.

According to the BBC, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen “described the situation as ‘very, very serious.’” The article states that 207 mink farms have been affected by the coronavirus, and at least five cases of the new virus strain were found. A total of twelve people are infected.

 “We have a great responsibility towards our own population, but with the mutation that has now been found, we have an even greater responsibility for the rest of the world as well,” Prime Minister Frederiksen told a news conference.

 Concerns regarding the transmission of coronavirus and COVID-19 on mink farms were initially raised this spring; in the ensuing months, numerous countries, including The Netherlands, Spain and the United States, have undertaken culls on fur farms were the virus was found.

 The BBC reported Prime Minister Frederiksen cited a report that indicates the mutated virus “had been found to weaken the body’s ability to form antibodies, potentially making the current vaccines under development for Covid-19 (sic) ineffective.”

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