Greece finds COVID-19 among mink from two farms

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Greek authorities have found COVID-19 in mink at two farms in northern Greece.

Athens:

Greek authorities found COVID-19 in mink at two farms in northern Greece, an Agriculture Ministry official said on Friday.

The COVID-19 strain in mink has not mutated, the official said, adding that 2,500 mink from a farm in the northern Kozani region would be slaughtered.

The discovery comes days after Danish authorities launched a plan to slaughter Denmark’s entire population of 17 million mink after discovering a different strain of coronavirus in animals.

“Coronavirus has been detected in mink at two farms in northern Greece,” an agriculture ministry official told Reuters.

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The farmer on the farm had also contracted coronavirus and tests were underway on the workers, the official said.

The fur trade is an important local industry in Kozani and near Kastoria, where the second farm is located. The mink population is estimated at hundreds of thousands in Greece.

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