Mass graves with millions of corpses of minks infected with coronavirus could have poisoned groundwater.
Confirmation that the water in places where they buried the dead animals is indeed contaminated, is not yet available. The Danish Environmental Protection Agency has not yet commented on the scientists’ reports.
It is specified that the final results of the study will be published early next year. In order to obtain them, measurements will have to be taken directly under the burial site.
Scientists also call to build roofs over mass graves, as rain and melting snow can contribute to the penetration of harmful substances into the groundwater. It is noted that one of the places where the animals are buried is dangerously close to drinking water sources.
Representatives of local authorities are openly dissatisfied with the situation. The federal authorities remain silent for the time being, but they seem to share the concerns. According to the newspaper, last week the government proposed digging up the bodies of the animals and cremating them.
Although Denmark’s fur farms have decimated a huge population of mink, hundreds of them carrying SARS-CoV-2 managed to escape in early December.
On November 5, Denmark decided to wipe out all the minks on its fur farms to prevent the spread of the mutated coronavirus. These animals have been found to have an infection that spreads to humans and contributes to a weakened ability to form antibodies. Twelve people have now been registered with the virus. At the end of the month, the killed mink “rose” from the ground where they had been buried: the bodies of the animals swelled up due to the formation of animal gases in them and rose to the surface.
The World Health Organization has confirmed the susceptibility of minks to the coronavirus, making them dangerous to humans. Therefore, there is a risk that the population of these animals could contribute to the transmission of the virus.