The Michigan Mink Mystery: How Did an Interspecies Outbreak Unfold?

The puzzling coronavirus cases highlight ongoing surveillance challenges and blind spots.

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More ‘Murder Hornets’ Are Being Found and Destroyed

Officials hunting the Asian giant hornet in Washington State have so far destroyed three nests, and plan to eradicate a fourth — very carefully.

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One Wild Mink Near Utah Fur Farms Tests Positive for the Coronavirus

Infection seems to have come from farm animals, but there is no evidence of further spreading.

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Amazon Bans Sale of Foreign Seeds in the U.S.

The company’s decision comes after thousands of U.S. residents reported receiving unsolicited packets of seed from China, prompting all 50 states to issue safety warnings.

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U.S. Identifies Some of the Mysterious Seeds Mailed From China

The 14 varieties identified include common ones, such as hibiscus, morning glory and lavender. Still, experts warned recipients not to plant them.

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States Issue Warnings About Seed Packets From China

Agriculture officials in Louisiana, Kansas, Virginia and Washington State are urging residents not to plant the seeds, which were mailed in pouches featuring Chinese characters.

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