Mink farms threaten to become a source of new coronavirus variants — and an object lesson in how ‘spillback’ can make deadly diseases even deadlier.
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.
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.
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.
Infected rodents pose no immediate danger to humans, but the research suggests that mutations are helping the coronavirus expand its range of potential hosts.
Humans are spreading the coronavirus to other animals. What does that mean for all of us?
Mink may no longer become a legend most. But that doesn’t mean it’s disappearing entirely.
Rampaging infections at farms caused scandal, scientific head-scratching and a search for a vaccine — for mink.
Infection seems to have come from farm animals, but there is no evidence of further spreading.
Lions and tigers had already contracted the virus, but have recovered.
If this pandemic has taught us anything it’s that we cannot escape the world we have shaped.
Mink are the only animal known to both catch the virus from people and transmit it to them.
Mink in Denmark are not the only animals that could become reservoirs for the coronavirus to spread new mutations to people.
Government officials said on Wednesday that a mutation in the virus could interfere with vaccine effectiveness in humans.
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.
Covid-19 may be the tipping point when it comes to crocodile, python, ostrich, and clothes.
Five animals on two farms test positive, but many more are believed to be affected.