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Following the case of Denmark, the French authorities euthanized about a thousand minks from a farm where the presence of Covid-19 had been detected.

French authorities they sacrificed about a thousand minks from a farm in which the presence of coronavirus had been detected, the first case of this type registered in that country.

As announced this Sunday by the Ministry of Agriculture, the farm, one of the four that raise minks in France, is located in the department of Eure-et-Loire, southwest of Paris, where in addition to the slaughter of the animals all the mink products stored on the premises.

“Another farm is disease free and the remaining two are in the course of being tested.”said a statement from Agriculture, which added that analyzes were also carried out on the four workers of the affected farm.

The French ministries of Agriculture and Health launched a program to test farms after coronavirus was found in these types of animals in captivity in other European countries, especially in Denmark, where the slaughter of almost 15 million animals was ordered.

The statement added that coronavirus was also detected in farm mink in the Netherlands, Sweden and Greece, as well as in isolated cases in Italy and Spain, as well as in the United States.

On November 7, Danish authorities warned the WHO that they had detected 12 people with a mink-derived coronavirus strain (direct spill). The animals had become ill in the pandemic, both from their direct contact with humans with Covid-19 and from their contact with others of their species who, in turn, had been infected from infected humans (reverse spill).

Thus, the Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, announced the sacrifice of the more than 15 million minks in that country, due to a COVID-19 mutation transmitted by these animals to 12 people in September, which could threaten the effectiveness of the treatment of a vaccine.

However, in Denmark the controversy continues. Hundreds of Danish mink farmers and breeders demonstrated on Saturday in Copenhagen aboard tractors to protest against a government order to euthanize millions of mink animals to combat a coronavirus mutation.

In fact, the government of Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen had to acknowledge that its decision to euthanize more than 15 million minks, raised for their fur, had no legal basis for those not infected with coronavirus, drawing the ire of the ranchers.

The executive apologized and the Minister of Agriculture resigned this week.

However, the plan to euthanize the minks remains in force as a health precaution, through a bill that prohibits their breeding until January 2022.

With information from EFE

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