Several mink die of COVID-19 virus at a Michigan farm
They are believed to be the first cases involving mink in the state
LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - Several mink at a farm in Michigan died of the same virus that causes COVID-19.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says other states have reported mink deaths from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but these are believed to be the first in Michigan. Samples are being sent to a federal veterinary lab for confirmation.
Agriculture officials did not disclose where the mink farm is located or how many animals died of the illness.
State officials are not sure how the mink contracted the virus and they say animals are not a significant source of spreading COVID-19 to humans in Michigan. The mink farm has few staff and prohibits domestic animals on site, so state agriculture officials believe the risk of spreading the illness to other animals is low.
The first U.S. COVID-19 infections involving mink were reported in Utah in August. Other mink in Wisconsin were confirmed with the illness, as well.
Mink farms in the Netherlands, Denmark and Spain also have confirmed SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks.
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