Mink – intermediate hosts of the coronavirus?

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Mink – intermediate hosts of the coronavirus?

Some unusual news came from the Dutch scientists, a worker of the fur farms in the Netherlands were infected COVID-19 after exposure of Minks reared for the fur industry. To such conclusion came from Dutch scientists in the analysis of outbreaks on four farms in North Brabant. Note that this is the world's first outbreak of the coronavirus in fur farms. The man in question, started to work well, but at that time, the infection on the farm was raging vengeance. He became ill with a mild form COVID-19 and now feels good and writes Spanish . According to researchers, this is the first confirmed case of human infection from animals, as the sequence of the genome of the virus of both is almost identical.

a Mink farm and coronavirus

According to the Federation of livestock farmers in the Netherlands, there are about 140 fur farms, which are home to at least 800 000 fertile females mink. the Industry should disappear by 2024 for ethical reasons. In fact, on the outbreak of the coronavirus in fur farms the Ministry of agriculture of the Netherlands said in April. In total, the country is infected about 20 thousand mink, and access to farms is limited.

In April, the Ministry of agriculture of the Netherlands said that the infection COVID-19 was confirmed in burrows, living on two fur farms in the province of North Brabant. The test for the coronavirus in animals conducted after some of the burrows appeared breathing problems. The obtained results led to the restriction of access to farms. In an official letter to the Ministry of agriculture of the Netherlands Carola Schouten referenced , the Ministry has acknowledged that it mistakenly believed the transmission of infection from animals to humans impossible.

I Think today no one would argue with the fact that mink farms should be the closing

Sick animals COVID-19?

If you carefully follow the situation with the new coronavirus, you probably know that there are several cases of infection of animals with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, causing COVID-19. So, from the zoo Keeper, you can read more here. Confirmed cases of infection in domestic cats and dogs from their owners. In addition to pet susceptible to infection were the ferrets and intra-species transmission to cats and ferrets confirmed in the laboratory. However, evidence that infection is transmitted directly from animals to humans is still not there.

Recall that today the main version of the flash COVID-19 is the transmission of the virus naturally from animal to human. Natural host researchers believe the bats of the owners of the genetic brothers of SARS-CoV-2, coronavirus-SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (middle East respiratory syndrome). As intermediate host of a new coronavirus scientists see pangolin – funny animals poaching . This is because the virus found at the pangolin is 91% similar to the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that fuels the hypothesis that the new coronavirus has passed from bats to humans through an intermediate host.

unfortunately, the pandemic COVID-19 still continues

Mink – the intermediate hosts COVID-19?

But some researchers have a different opinion and called the fundamental source of the outbreak raccoon dogs – a wild night of animal-sized Fox. On fur farms in China these animals are grown in millions and in the past they had discovered SARS. The British newspaper quotes the Director of the Institute of Virology of the charité hospital of the Berlin Christian Drosten:

A Raccoon dog – a huge industry in China, where they are bred on farms and caught in the wild and all of the fur. If someone gave me a few hundred thousand dollars and freedom of movement in China to find the source of the virus, I would look for places where bred raccoon dogs.

But can the intermediate host COVID-19 to be mink? According to the researchers, to be completely confident in this, it is necessary to compare the genetic code of virus samples taken from all people who work or are related to the farm, or suffered a disease. A research group from Wageningen also detected the presence of coronavirus farm cats, so the health Ministry of the Netherlands has extended the testing to other animals, in particular pigs. The Ministry believed that it would help figure out ways of infecting animals and humans. Well, let's wait for the results!

These fascinating creatures should not be someone's fur coat

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