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May 21, 2020 - euronews

Coronavirus: A mink may have transmitted COVID-19 to a human, says Dutch government

Coronavirus: A mink may have transmitted COVID-19 to a human, says Dutch government
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The Dutch government says it has evidence to suggest a human has contracted coronavirus from a mink.

In a letter sent on Wednesday, the Dutch agriculture minister Carola Schouten said a worker on a mink farm had contracted a strain of COVID-19 that was similar to that found in an animal on the premises. She said this meant it was "likely" that mink-to-human transmission had occurred.

It is not a new development to find COVID-19 in mink, which are semiaquatic, carnivorous mammals bred for their furs, as cases were found in two farms in the Netherlands back in April after workers noticed some of the animals were having difficulties with breathing. Authorities initially assumed people had infected the animals; however, at least one case is now thought to show this happened the other way round.

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