The Polish health minister has said mink on a farm in north-western Poland will be culled after the SARS-Cov-2 virus was detected.
It is the first time the virus has been found in mink on Polish fur farms.
Adam Niedzielski said that sanitary officers are also checking the health of the farm’s owner and its employees.
The ministry wrote in a Sunday press release that the country’s veterinary inspectorate had taken steps to seal off a farm in the county of Kartuzy. “Administrative measures to eliminate animals” were also initiated, the statement read.
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Scientists from the Medical University of Gdansk have found eight cases of Covid-19 in mink at a mink farm in northern Poland.
Poland began to test its farmed mink for coronavirus this month, following the discovery of a mutated virus in farmed mink in Denmark, which resulted in a national mink cull.
Last week authorities disclosed that 18 cases of coronavirus had been found in workers on Polish mink farms since the pandemic began. It is not thought that these workers were infected by the animals.
The statement from The University of Gdansk said: “this is the first case of confirmed infection with SARS-CoV-2 in farm animals in Poland.” Two scientists examined 91 mink for Covid-19, eight of which tested positive.
Poland has found 18 cases of coronavirus among mink farm workers as it continues tests among the animals, but does not believe the workers were infected by the animals, sanitary and veterinary authorities said.
Poland, which is a major producer of mink fur, started coronavirus tests among its farmed minks and checks among the workers earlier this month after a mutated virus was detected in farmed minks in Denmark, leading to a nationwide cull there
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