Mink industry workers in Sweden have examined positive for the coronavirus following a mutant-strain outbreak that pressured fur farms in neighboring Denmark to close down, the nation’s well being division mentioned Thursday.
Scientists are learning whether or not there’s a hyperlink between the staff who fell ailing and the furry critters. Authorities haven’t mentioned how many individuals have been contaminated or which farms or factories have been uncovered.
Earlier this month, all farmed mink operations in Denmark have been shuttered — and 15 million mink have been slaughtered — after a mutated COVID-19 pressure was found within the animals. Well being officers mentioned the pressure confirmed a decrease sensitivity to antibodies, sparking fears that it may weaken the effectiveness of vaccines.
However the Swedish mink probably aren’t contaminated by the identical mutated pressure, in response to Danish authorities who mentioned Thursday that the pressure was now “most definitely” extinct.
Sweden’s mink herd is way smaller than Denmark’s, which was among the many world’s largest earlier than the mass slaughter introduced final week.
With Publish wires