The Spanish Ministry of Health recently stated that it will kill nearly 100,000 minks at a farm in the Aragon region of northeastern Spain. Nearly 90% of these minks tested positive for new coronavirus.
According to a report by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on the 16th, after the wife of a staff member of the farm was infected with the new coronavirus in May this year, the outside world discovered the outbreak of mink on the farm. Seven farm staff including the husband of the infected person were also diagnosed one after another.
The latest monitoring on July 13 showed that 87% of the mink on the farm had been infected with the new coronavirus. The Spanish health department ordered the culling of all 92,700 minks. The BBC reported that the relevant departments indicated that they would provide financial compensation to the companies operating the farm.
Like Madrid and Catalonia, Aragon is also one of the more severe areas of the new crown epidemic in Spain. At present, more than 250,000 people have been infected and 28,000 have died.
Aragon Autonomous Region Minister of Agriculture Joaquin Olona (Joaquin Olona) said on the 16th that the decision to kill mink was “in order to avoid the risk of viruses infecting humans.” He emphasized that it is not clear whether “(virus) may be transmitted from animals to humans” or whether it can be transmitted from humans to animals.
The BBC reported that studies have shown that the new coronavirus will be transmitted between some animals, including cats and dogs, but related studies have little knowledge about the possibility of animals infecting humans.
Earlier, workers in mink farms in the Netherlands and Denmark were also detected to be infected with the new coronavirus. In recent months, tens of thousands of mink have been culled after the outbreak of new mink outbreaks in many places in the Netherlands.