A mink farm in Oregon has confirmed a breakout of COVID-19!
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) submitted the samples after the farmer reported symptoms, all of which came back positive. The farm also reported cases of COVID-19 among staff.
Since then, the ODA has placed the farm under quarantine.
“We have been engaged with the Oregon mink industry for some time, providing information on biosecurity to prevent the introduction of SARS-CoV-2 and were ready to respond,” ODA veterinarian Dr. Ryan Scholz said.
The appearance of SARS-CoV-2 in mink has been a global issue, with some countries going so far as to cull millions of mink to ensure spread is prevented.
In the United States, Utah, Michigan and Wisconsin have already reported cases of SARS-CoV-2 in mink.