Denmark, the world”s largest producer of mink fur, stated Wednesday it will cull all the nation’s minks after a mutated model of the brand new coronavirus was detected at mink farms and had unfold to individuals.
The mutation “might pose a danger that future (coronavirus) vaccines will not work the best way they need to,” Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen informed a press convention.
“It’s essential to cull all of the minks.”
Denmark’s police chief Thorkild Fogde stated they’d begin the culling as “quickly as attainable,” however conceded that with 15 million to 17 million minks unfold over 1,080 farms it was “a really giant enterprise”.
The World Well being Group stated the novel coronavirus spreads primarily by way of human-to-human transmission, however that “there may be proof of transmission on the human-animal interface”.
A number of animals — together with canines and cats — have examined constructive for the virus and there have been reported circumstances at mink farms within the Netherlands and Spain, in addition to in Denmark.
“In a number of cases, the minks that have been contaminated by people have transmitted the virus to different individuals. These are the primary reported circumstances of animal-to-human transmission,” the WHO stated in an announcement despatched to AFP.
The novel coronavirus has been detected at 207 Danish mink farms, together with some circumstances with a mutated model that has been confirmed to unfold again to people.
Well being authorities have additionally concluded that the mutated virus “isn’t inhibited by antibodies to the identical diploma as the conventional virus”.
“Research have proven that the mutations might have an effect on the present candidates for a Covid-19 vaccine,” Well being Minister Magnus Heunicke stated.
“It’s a menace to the event of coronavirus vaccines. That’s the reason it is crucial that we make a nationwide effort,” he added.
Whereas the vast majority of circumstances had been noticed within the northern a part of the Jutland area, all minks within the nation would nonetheless be culled.
The World Organisation for Animal Well being (OIE) is creating new technical steering on animal well being, together with on testing and quarantine, the WHO stated.