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Mutated Strain of Coronavirus Found in Danish Mink Population


A mutated version of the coronavirus has infected the farmed mink population in Denmark, the largest supplier of mink fur in the world. Thus far, the mutation has impacted more than 200 mink farms and over 200 Danes have been infected with a mink-related coronavirus.

The infection of the mink population originated from humans who transmitted SARS-CoV-2 to the minks; a mutated version was then passed from the minks back to mink farmers. There is no evidence that this mutation is any more dangerous to humans than previous strains, but Denmark officials are erring on the side of caution. Seven cities in Northern Denmark have gone into lockdown to limit any spread of the mutated virus, and the entire Danish mink population will be culled. Read more here.

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