In Champrond-en-Gâtine (Eure-et-Loir), access to breeding where mink have been contaminated with Covid-19 forbidden. The owner of the estate did not wish to speak, while the Ministry of Agriculture, which carried out its analyzes, ordered the slaughter of these 1000 animals. What makes mink, an animal prized by its fur, so sensitive to coronavirus?
“The mink rearing system is closed buildings that make animals swarm. There are aerosols, and this explains the transmission of the virus from mink to humans“, explains Jeanne Brugere, veterinarian. Could the animal virus, once transmitted to humans, limit the effectiveness of the vaccine? The alert came from Denmark, the main European producer of mink. “There are fears the appearance of a mutation, which could perhaps spread in humans“, explains doctor and journalist Damien Mascret.
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