Denmark has recorded over 200 human cases infected with SARS-CoV-2 that are associated with farmed minks.

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Who is Minks:
● Mink are dark-coloured carnivorous mammals from the Mustelidae family, which also includes weasels, otters and ferrets.
● More than 50 million mink a year are bred for their fur, mainly in China, Denmark, the Netherlands and Poland.
● Mink oil is used in some medical products and cosmetics, as well as to treat, preserve and waterproof leather.
● There are two extant species referred to as “mink”: the American mink and the European mink.
● The European mink is listed by the IUCN as Critically Endangered due to an ongoing reduction in numbers.

Why?
● Mink, like their close relatives, ferrets, are known to be
susceptible to coronavirus.
● Like humans they can show a range of Covid-19 symptoms, from
no signs of illness at all to severe problems, such as pneumonia.

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