A mink farm in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada, has been placed under quarantine after a mink tested positive for COVID-19. Two other mink at the farm are suspected to have the virus as well and confirmation tests are pending.
The positive case was detected during a provincial surveillance program in which 20 animals were tested for the virus.
The farm has approximately 25,000 mink. All other animals appear healthy and are not displaying symptoms of the virus, according to the statement.
This is the third B.C. mink farm where COVID-19 has been detected. Analysis of the previous two farms show the mink were infected with the identical or nearly identical strain of virus found in humans. It is believed the virus spread from people to the animals and not the other way around.