Denmark to Kill 17 Million Mink After Covid Mutation Found

Mish

Danish authorities ordered a month-long closure of bars, restaurants and sports facilities where infected mink farms are located.

Danish Government Will Entire Population of Mink  

Officials fear human-to-mink mutations could be resistant to a vaccine and have Ordered Farms to Kill 17 million Mink.

“Studies have shown that the mutations could affect the current candidates for a Covid-19 vaccine,” Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said in a press briefing Wednesday. At least 12 Danes have been infected with a mutated coronavirus connected to mink, the government said.

Authorities worry that if the problem isn’t addressed, the mink will build a reservoir of a mutated form of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 that could then be passed on to humans, and be impervious to a vaccine. They fear it could set off a new cluster of infections.

“Worst-case scenario is that we have a pandemic that will start all over again, starting from Denmark,” Denmark’s state epidemiologist, Kåre Mølbak, said.

From Animal to Humans

From Animal to Humans

When initial reports of human-to-cat infections came out, scientists doubted the connection, then generally claimed the reverse was unlikely.

Long ago, I asked why?

If the virus could go from bats and camels to humans why couldn't it spread from humans to other animals and back?

We now know it can.

Mish

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Eddie_T
Eddie_T

It just takes the right vector, and apparently minks are a good one. As you might know, it’s been a problem in Utah since August....although not close to where you live. But it’s really close to the parts of Utah I usually visit, between SLC and Provo.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

They just called the election for Biden.

Doug78
Doug78

Ferrets and weasels are close relatives of minks and probably could catch the infection and possibly pass it on. Weasels ate wild in every state I believe.

njbr
njbr

...half of the 783 cases in humans related to mink...

Early this week, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said the government wants to cull all minks on farms to minimise the risk of the weasel-like mammals’ re-transmitting COVID-19 to humans.

“It is very, very serious,” Frederiksen said. “Thus, the mutated virus in minks can have devastating consequences worldwide.”

Health minister Magnus Heunicke said half the 783 human COVID-19 cases in northern Denmark “are related” to minks.

njbr
njbr

UK bans travel from Denmark

Mr. Purple
Mr. Purple

Trump is a loser. He was just successfully impeached and removed by the People of the United States, the true source of political power.

We have not seen the last of Trump by a longshot. He has a cult of at least 30 million. This is no time to celebrate. The pressure must be RELENTLESS until Trumpism is gone forever.

Mish
Mish

Editor

Mish
Mish

Editor

Trump is delusional
Needs professional help.

Gator Break
Gator Break

The minks are suffering their own pandemic now. Is that the new course, elimate whatever animals can potentially spread disease to humans?

Realist
Realist

This is actually pretty standard policy. Pigs are culled in large numbers due to swine flu. Chickens are culled in large numbers due to avian flu. And so on.

Mish
Mish

Editor

silverdog148
silverdog148

Saw the mink thing on the paper this morning, just underscores my original theory that the best course of action for the individual is instead of waiting for some vaccine to come around, you gotta work on your health now, exercise/proper nutrition/supplementation/etc. Get those vitamin D levels up, etc.

This thing is going to mutate your best defense is a healthy body.

numike
numike

Did the Libertarian Party hurt Trump? https://twitter.com/adam_tooze/status/1325054385618104323

Jojo
Jojo

Free mink collars for everyone? Logic would dictate that they save the skins and make use of them but in our fear driven society, they will likely just burn all the animals.

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

What 's the point of talking minks , when your people(democrats) are celebrating the outcome of the fraudulent election farce ? Many without masks and forgetting about CNN's recommended social distancing....must be OK for once...moreover Covid will soon be gone with Trump gone.....Yes election fraud is ever so easy but very hard to prove ... So congrats with your new president, I d say.

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

Let's face it then, we ARE screwed no matter what , aren't we ?

anoop
anoop

this made me sad.


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