No COVID infection found in Icelandic mink

20.11.2020 - 11:09
epa08803324 Live minks wait for their turn to be collected and processed to fur, at the mink fur farm which consists of 3000 mother minks and their cubs on their farm near Naestved, Denmark, 06 November 2020. The furs are stored in three freezers before selling them, as the minks on their farm are not affected by corona and there have been no corona cases in mink on Zealand and Funen. Mink farms throughout Denmark have been ordered by the government to cull all animals to prevent the spread of a new discovered mutated coronavirus.  EPA-EFE/Mads Claus Rasmussen  DENMARK OUT
 Mynd: EPA-EFE - Ritzau-Scanpix
No mink tested in Iceland by MAST (the food and veterinary authority) has been found to carry COVID-19. Tests have been taken at all mink farms in the country in recent days. The farms are under strict extra contagion containment rules.

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.

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