No COVID infection found in Icelandic mink
The tests were taken from dead mink slaughtered at this time of year for their fur. When the annual slaughter finishes, there will be just 15,000 captive mink in Iceland until the breeding season next spring.
MAST plans to test regularly at all mink farms this winter, and staff will also be tested under orders of the chief epidemiologist. The Ministry of Industry and Innovation has imposed stricter sanitation rules on mink farms at the request of MAST.
The stricter rules include tighter personal sanitation rules for staff, a ban on the transportation of live mink and non-essential visits to buildings where mink are housed are banned. The showing of mink is also banned, which means that the mink at Reykjavík Family Park & Zoo will not be on display when the park is open.