Denmark plans to destroy an entire herd of mink about 15 million on farms after the animal spread the coronavirus mutation to humans.
The country’s prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, said in a news conference Wednesday that the mutant virus could spread to other countries and it “could put the vaccine at risk in the future. . “
“We have a great responsibility for our population, but with the mutation found, we have even greater responsibility for the rest of the world,” she said.
The mutant virus has been found in dozens of people infected from mink. Half of the 783 human Covid-19 infections in northern Denmark are “weasel-related,” said Health Minister Magnus Heunicke.
Mike Ryan, head of the World Health Organization’s emergency program, has called for scientific investigations of the “complex, complex issue” of people outside of China who infect weasels, from that transmits the virus back to the person.
Kare Molbak, director of research center Statens Serum Institut, said the worst case scenario would be “a new pandemic, starting again in Denmark.”
“That’s why we have to take this very seriously,” said Molbak.
There are between 15 million and 17 million weasels in Denmark, one of the major mink fur exporters in the world. According to government estimates, the destruction of the country’s weasel population could reach $ 785 million. National police head Thorkild Fogde called out that “it should happen as soon as possible.”
An outbreak of weasel farms persists throughout the country despite repeated attempts to destroy infected animals since June. The weasel has also been destroyed in the Netherlands and Spain. when an infection is found.
In the United States, nearly 10,000 weasels on nine fur farms in Utah have died of Covid-19, veterinarian Dean Taylor told NBC News last month.
The deaths have forced the affected farms to be quarantined when an outbreak is investigated.
Taylor says the virus primarily targets older weasels, “wiping out 50% of the breeding weasels” and making the young relatively peaceful.
“After the final test is done, we will develop a state-level plan to stop the virus from spreading to more farms. It is easier to stop it from happening,” Taylor said. multiple, then stop it from happening at the same time.
Mink joins a list of more than 50 species of animals in the US that have contracted Covid-19 disease. According to the Department of Agriculture, the virus has also been detected in cats, dogs, tigers and lions.
Relevant press contributed.