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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Four Americans Were Infected With a Virus Variant Seen in Mink

The cluster is the first known instance of likely animal-to-human transmission in the United States.

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New Coronavirus Lineage Discovered in Ontario Deer

Scientists also found signs of possible deer-to-human transmission, but there is no evidence that the new lineage poses an elevated risk to people.

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The Sunday Read: ‘Animals That Infect Humans Are Scary. It’s Worse When We Infect Them Back’

Mink farms threaten to become a source of new coronavirus variants — and an object lesson in how “spillback” can make deadly diseases even deadlier.

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Is the Coronavirus in Your Backyard?

White-tailed deer could become a reservoir for the virus, putting people and animals at risk, health experts say.

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Animals Infecting Humans Is Scary. It’s Worse When We Infect Them Back.

Mink farms threaten to become a source of new coronavirus variants — and an object lesson in how ‘spillback’ can make deadly diseases even deadlier.

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Denmark’s Prime Minister is Questioned Over Mass Mink Slaughter

The prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, said she did not know the government lacked legal authority to order the mass slaughter of 17 million minks after infected animals passed the virus to humans.

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Widespread Coronavirus Infection Found in Iowa Deer, New Study Says

The analysis by Penn State and Iowa researchers strongly indicates that deer are getting the virus from humans, worrying experts about a deep wild reservoir for the virus.

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W.H.O. and Critics Look at What’s Next to Investigate Virus Origins

A scientific mission to China proposed further study for a number of topics. Critics and the director of the W.H.O. have weighed in as well.

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Virus Variants Can Infect Mice, Scientists Report

Infected rodents pose no immediate danger to humans, but the research suggests that mutations are helping the coronavirus expand its range of potential hosts.

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When Covid Spread to Gorillas

Humans are spreading the coronavirus to other animals. What does that mean for all of us?

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Is This the End of the Mink Coat?

Mink may no longer become a legend most. But that doesn’t mean it’s disappearing entirely.

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How Mink, Like Humans, Were Slammed by the Coronavirus

Rampaging infections at farms caused scandal, scientific head-scratching and a search for a vaccine — for mink.

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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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Snow Leopards Are the Latest Cats to Get the Coronavirus

Lions and tigers had already contracted the virus, but have recovered.

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Covid-19 Is a Desperate Cry From the Suffering Natural World

If this pandemic has taught us anything it’s that we cannot escape the world we have shaped.

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Mink and the Coronavirus: What We Know

Mink are the only animal known to both catch the virus from people and transmit it to them.

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Covid Infections in Animals Prompt Scientific Concern

Mink in Denmark are not the only animals that could become reservoirs for the coronavirus to spread new mutations to people.

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Denmark Will Kill All Farmed Mink, Citing Covid Infections

Government officials said on Wednesday that a mutation in the virus could interfere with vaccine effectiveness in humans.

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Battle Over Mink Fur Almost Brings Down the Polish Government

Legislation to ban mink farming cracked the governing coalition, forcing the country’s most powerful politician to assume formal office and exposing a struggle for control of Polish conservatism.

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Are Exotic Skins Out of Fashion?

Covid-19 may be the tipping point when it comes to crocodile, python, ostrich, and clothes.

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Coronavirus Strikes Mink in Utah

Five animals on two farms test positive, but many more are believed to be affected.

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