December 15th – The United States Department of Agriculture said on the 14th local time that they had confirmed the first wild animal infected with the novel coronavirus in the United States, that is, a wild mink.
A notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture said that a “free-range wild mink” was caught near a mink farm in Utah and reported cases of COVID-19 among local residents, reported a notice from the United States Department of Agriculture and THE HILL reported positive for the coronavirus.
It is reported that U.S. Department of Agriculture officials have been testing near farms with confirmed cases to determine whether the virus will spread to nearby wildlife.
“As far as we know, this is the first free-range native wildlife confirmed to be infected with COVID-19,” the USDA added that the World Organization for Animal Health has been notified of the discovery, and there is no evidence that the novel coronavirus has spread in wild populations around infected mink farms. Dissemination.
So far this year, 15,000 farmed mink have died of the virus in the United States. In addition, the novel coronavirus has also been found in tigers in zoos, as well as domestic cats and dogs. The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States continues to soar.
At present, more than 16 million confirmed cases and more than 300,000 deaths have been reported in the United States.