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The government says Denmark is killing its large weasel population after it discovered a coronavirus mutation that could spread to humans.
The country, as the largest supplier of mink feathers in the world, will destroy 17 million animals in an effort to stop the spread.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said in a press conference: “We have a great responsibility for our population, but with the mutation found, we have even greater responsibility for the rest. of the world ”. BBC.
She said Danish officials suspect the mutant virus may impair the body’s ability to form antibodies.
The government said it is concerned that this variant could reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine in the future. It should be noted that all viruses are mutable and it is not necessarily dangerous.
Frederiksen said on Wednesday, according to Reuters, 12 people had been diagnosed with the virus so far. This country informed the World Health Organization and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
The government has not released specific details about the viral variation.
Thousands of weasels recently died in Utah after the coronavirus swept through farms, according to Boise State Public Radio. But the state veterinarian said at the time, people did not appear to be at risk of an outbreak.
Emma Hodcroft, a virologist and postdoctoralist at the University of Basel in Switzerland, urges people not to panic.
There’s not enough information to tell how dangerous the mutation is, she explained on Twitter. Hodcroft also criticized the lack of disclosed information.
“If Danes believe this is serious enough to kill their entire weasel population,” Hodcroft tweeted, “one would probably conclude that this too. [is] Seriously enough to pass the information on these mutations to scientists around the world as quickly as possible to see if variations are found elsewhere. ”