Detection of New SARS-CoV-2 Variants Related to Mink   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Summary: "Since April 2020, when the first SARS-CoV-2 [severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2] infection was reported in the Netherlands in a mink and subsequently in a mink farm worker, it has been established that human-to-mink and mink-to-human transmission can occur [1]. Since then, infections in mink have been reported in Denmark, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United States [2]. On 5 November 2020, Denmark reported 214 human COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] cases infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus variants related to mink, as well as infected mink at more than 200 mink farms. Most human and animal cases reported since June 2020 have been in the North Jutland Region. The SARS-CoV-2 variants detected in these cases were part of at least five closely-related clusters; each cluster was characterised by a specific mink-related variant, identified in humans and animals from infected mink farms. Denmark has implemented robust response measures to control the outbreaks in mink and decrease the spill-over between the human and the animal reservoir."

2020 European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
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