Thursday, November 12, 2020

Minks: Cute Vectors for Disease

    A mink is a cute animal that belongs to the order Mustelidae, along with weasels, badgers, otters, and others. They’re probably most known for their fur, which is used to make clothing like mink coats. For this reason, they are farmed in order to make accessories. In recent times, mink farming, especially in Demark, has become a topic of concern. Not for the fact that these animals are being pelted, but for the fact that they have been found to be vectors for SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. This strain is slightly different from the bat born strain from Wuhan China, but a strain of SARS-CoV-2, nonetheless. For this reason, farmers in Demark are beginning to cull a good portion of their minks in order to make sure that this stain does not spiral out of control. I think that it is a very good idea to cull the minks, and I really like the initiative that they are taking so that this does not blow up like the other SARS virus did.

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