Covid-19 found on Latvian mink farm

Covid-19 infection has been detected in nine dead mink at the Baltic Devon Mink farm in Iecava municipality, Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) told LSM April 10.

Enhanced monitoring of mink has been in place since the summer of last year when it was found that Covid-19 can be transferred between humans and mink.

Overall, Baltic Devon Mink has approximately 60 thousand mink, but Covid-19 has been found in nine dead animals. At the same time, the PVD has received information from the  Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) regarding a sick worker of the company.

"We have also received information from the SPKC that an employee has also been found ill. Given that  Covid-19 is a human disease, then most likely these people have brought this infection to the animals. Mink slaughter is not necessary at this time, as this disease has not yet led to mass mortality or morbidity in animals on the farm. We are currently working with SPKC and conducting an epidemiological investigation to obtain more information and then to make further decisions," said the PVD specialist Edvīns Oļševskis.

 

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