Thousands of mink die in Covid-19 outbreaks at US fur farms

Thousands of mink have died at fur farms in Utah and Wisconsin after a series of coronavirus outbreaks.



a small animal in a cage: There are dozens of mink farms like this near Medford, Wisconsin, where one such farm is experiencing an coronavirus outbreak among the animals.


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There are dozens of mink farms like this near Medford, Wisconsin, where one such farm is experiencing an coronavirus outbreak among the animals.

In Utah, ranchers have lost at least 8,000 mink to Covid-19 among the animals known for their silky, luxurious pelts.

The virus first appeared in the creatures in August, shortly after farmworkers fell ill in July, according to Dr. Dean Taylor, State Veterinarian of Utah. Initial research shows the virus was transmitted from humans to animals, and so far has not seen any cases of the opposite.

“Everything we’ve looked at here in Utah suggests its gone from the humans to the animals,” Taylor told CNN. “It feels like a unidirectional path,” he said, adding that testing is still underway. Utah’s was the first outbreak among

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