Spain orders cull of nearly 100,000 farmed mink after animals test positive for Covid-19
by Lydia Badger
Very sad article by CNN:
By Laura Pérez Maestro and Sara Spary, CNN
Updated 6:19 AM ET, Fri July 17, 2020
(CNN)Spanish authorities have ordered the culling of almost 100,000minkfollowing an outbreak at a farm, where the animals are bred for fur,after a number tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Environment of Spain's Aragon region said in a statement on Thursday that it had ordered the slaughter of the 92,700 mink after seven workers on the farm tested positive for Covid-19 and the animals were found to be infected with the coronavirus.
As a precaution the department shut down the farm, in Teruel, eastern Spain, on May 22, for monitoring before conducting a number of tests at random, which initially returned a negative result.
However, subsequent tests, the most recent of which was July 7, confirmed 78 out of 90 animals tested -- equivalent to 87% of the sample -- had become infected with the coronavirus.