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France Culls Minks After Finding Virus at Farm

France Culls Minks After Finding Virus at Farm

Sunday, 22 November, 2020 - 14:30
Photo: REUTERS

French authorities ordered the culling of all minks in a farm after analysis showed a mutated version of the coronavirus was circulating among the animals.


The French government said in a statement Sunday that about 1,000 minks have been culled and all animal products have been eliminated in the farm located west of Paris.


France counts four mink farms on its territory. Authorities are still awaiting results for two of them. No virus has been found in the last one, the government said.


The move follows virus developments in mink farms in Denmark and other countries including the Netherlands, Sweden, and Greece.


In Denmark, a mutation of the virus had been found in several people infected by minks, according to the government which ordered the cull of all 15 million minks.


So far French farmers in contact with minks have been tested negative to the virus, the French government said.


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