Mink infected with coronavirus escapes Oregon fur farm

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A mink caught outside a farm in Oregon in mid-December has tested positive for low-levels of the coronavirus.

State officials believe the mink escaped from a small farm that was already under quarantine because of a coronavirus outbreak among mink and humans.

“Mink are related to a range of other species, including badgers, martens, fishers, weasels, otters, and wolverines,” said Jonathan Evans, the center’s environmental health legal director. “So we know that escaped mink or mink factory farms themselves can pose disease risks for wild animals.”

OPB.org report







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** This post was originally published on January 1, 2021 **