The coronavirus mutations observed in mink have also been found in ferrets

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The UK government’s scientific advisers are drawing up advice for ferret owners amid fears a mutated version of Covid-19 found in mink could leap to other animals.

Newly published documents show the Sage scientific advisory group are concerned the virus could be identified in ferrets in the UK.

The documents warn: “The mutations observed in virus isolates from mink have also been observed in virus from ferrets. …Defra is assessing the risk to people in the UK and developing messaging for ferret owners.”


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** This post was originally published on November 23, 2020 **