A mutated new type of coronavirus was found in minks at two fur farms in northern Greece.
In minks, a strain was found that did not mutate relative to human. It is known that at least one breeder has been infected with certainty, the rest of the workers are being tested. About 2,500 animals will be rejected on this farm. The number of infected animals on another farm where the disease was found has not been reported.
In the provinces of Kozani and Kastoria, where the farms are located, fur production plays an important role. The population of minks in the country’s fur farms numbers in the thousands and brings the country around 60-70 million euros a year through exports.
Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the susceptibility of minks to coronavirus, which makes them dangerous to humans. According to WHO spokesman Catherine Smallwood, minks are quite capable of carrying infection. Therefore, there is a risk that the mink population may somehow facilitate the transmission of the virus from animal to human and then from person to person.
On November 5, Denmark decided to destroy all minks on fur farms to prevent the spread of the mutated coronavirus. In these animals, an infection was found that spreads to humans and contributes to the weakening of the ability to form antibodies. There are currently 12 registered people with this virus. Later it became known that the authorities had not yet made a final decision and were considering what to do with the animals.