USA: Michigan taxidermist reported infected by mink coronavirus variant with F486L and N501T mutations

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In February 2021, a taxidermist living in Eaton County, Michigan, became infected with COVID-19. A sample from his positive test result was sent to the state lab to be genetically sequenced — and came back as connected to a mutation of the virus found in infected mink, whose fur is used for coats and clothing.

In early February, the linked COVID-19 case involving the Eaton taxidermist was confirmed through genetic testing.

MDHHS confirmed the CDC’s account of the mutations, identifying them as F486L and N501T. Those two mutations have been identified by researchers as the dominant mink COVID-19 strains in the United States, according to a preprint study published last month by two Canadian researchers, and may have evolved in humans before being transmitted to minks, report





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** This post was originally published on May 4, 2021 **