Toronto, December 12th – At least 200 mink have died after a recent outbreak of people in a fur farm in British Columbia, Canada.
A spokesman for the provincial agricultural department told Canadian television (CTV) that the relevant tests are still under way and it is not possible to determine the exact cause of death of the mink.
About a week ago, the local health department confirmed that eight staff members of the fur farm were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. The fur yard immediately entered isolation. However, the local government did not disclose specific information about the fur farm.
The fur farm has about 15,000 mink. It is not clear how many animals may be infected.
Some local infectious disease experts have suggested that the animals at the fur farm be put down.
However, the Canadian Mink Breeders Association objected.
The British Columbia Department of Agriculture also said that most of the minks at the fur farm have not yet developed any symptoms and the mortality rate has decreased in recent days.