France Culls 1,000 Mink After Coronavirus Strain Found Circulating in Farm

France has ordered the culling of 1,000 minks after the coronavirus was found circulating in a farm in Eure-et-Loir in western France.

France has ordered the culling of 1,000 mink after the coronavirus was found circulating in a farm in Eure-et-Loir in western France. 

The French Ministry of Agriculture and Food said “As soon as they learned of these results, the Ministers concerned immediately ordered the destruction of all the 1,000 animals still present on the farm and the elimination of products from these animals, in order to protect public health against Covid-19,” in a statement released on Sunday. 

This, after the SARS-CoV-2 mink-associated variant strain spread in farms in Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Greece, Italy, Spain as well as the United States. 

According to the ministry, surveillance systems were already put up in all mink farms and were already under surveillance since mid-November. Results of the other two farms are expected to be released this week. 

Moreover, farm breeders were also tested and all turned out negative for the virus.

“Surveillance and enhanced biosecurity measures are maintained in the other three farms,” the ministry said. 


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