Thursday, May 28, 2020

Any mink farms in the USA?


Mink farmworkers may be first known humans infected by animals

GENEVA: The World Health Organization said Tuesday that Dutch workers apparently infected with the coronavirus by minks could be the first known cases of animal-to-human transmission.

The WHO told AFP that it was in close contact with Dutch researchers investigating three cases where the virus appears to have been passed to humans from minks.

“This would be the first known cases of animal-to-human transmission,” the UN health agency told AFP in an email.

“But we are still collecting and reviewing more data to understand if animals and pets can spread the disease,” it said.

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Dutch Agriculture Minister Carola Schouten said Monday that a second worker had likely contracted Covid-19 on a mink farm, while stressing that the risk of further contagion remained low.

An initial infection was reported last week on one of two farms near the southern city of Eindhoven, where the disease was discovered in April among mink that are bred for their valuable fur.

The infection happened before it was known that the mink were carrying the virus, meaning that workers did not wear protective clothing at the time.

The health ministry said that three people on the farm tested positive for the virus, but said that it remained unclear if more than one of the cases had come directly from a mink.

Infected pets

The exact source of the virus, which first appeared in China late last year, remains unknown, and there is growing pressure for an international probe to determine its origin.

In a matter of months, the virus has infected more than 5.5 million people, killing nearly 350,000 of them.

Most scientists believe the virus jumped from animals to humans, possibly in a market that sells exotic animals for meat in the city of Wuhan.

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WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus indicated Monday that China had agreed that an investigation of the origin was needed, but did not say when one might begin.

“All stakeholders understand the importance of studying the origin, because it’s by studying the origin that we can prevent it from happening in the future,” he told a virtual press conference.

Since the initial jump to humans, there have been no previous reports of animals being the source of infections.

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The WHO said however that there have been some instances of Covid-19 patients infecting their pets.

“A number of susceptibility studies have shown that other animal species are also susceptible to the virus and can be infected, including cats, ferrets,” it said.

The agency stressed that necessary precautions should be taken to avoid infection of pets from close contacts with humans with Covid-19, but insisted that “there is no reason or justification to take measures against companion animals.”


kaytee notes that the Fur Commission of USA states (extracts):

More than 85% of pelts used in the world’s fur trade come from small, family-run farms. Approximately 275 mink farms in 23 states across the USA produce about 3 million pelts annually, with a value of more than $300 million USD (2013). Wisconsin is the leading mink-producing state, generating well over 1 million pelts. Other important producers are Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Minnesota.

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  1. Ah Mok is really desperate to divert attention on the origins of the virus away from the CCP.

    The 50 Cents (Wu Mao) question is WHY SO DESPARATE ?

    1. Wakakakakaka…

      Did that 犬养 katak pal of yrs tell u about 五毛?

      Have him telling u more or u r just stucked with his usual game of pigeonholing?

      Zoonosis is real & the possible cause of covid-19. & U called that desperate!

      Tell that to the Dutch scientists about but brilliant understanding. They won't mind laughing u off to Holland!

  2. There is no fool like an old fool, hehehe

    Desperado and ultra defensive of the warped western demonic system of governance. There is none so blind as those who are not willing to see or pretend not to see. They shouted that theirs is fair, democratic, full of human rights...try to get them to explain why the blacks today are rampaging, protesting, razing and looting Minnesota, crying out to the government who refused to charge the four policemen, one of whom had knee-ed a black man in the neck and caused his death. A deliberate act of murder no less.