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Mink at Taylor County farm test positive for COVID-19

DHS: People infected with the virus can spread it to mink and other animals.

A model of the novel coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China in late 2019. U.S. health officials have stated that COVID-19 is expected to become a significant public health concern in the United States. (Illustration courtesy of Centers for Disease Control)
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Dead mink at a Taylor County mink farm have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Department of Health Services and Department of Natural Resources sent Thursday, Oct. 8.

It is the first confirmed infection among Wisconsin’s mink population, the news release said. All animals on the farm have been quarantined and an active investigation is underway.

Wisconsin is the second state with a confirmed infection at a mink farm; Utah confirmed its first cases on Aug. 17. There is currently no evidence that animals, including mink, play a significant role in spreading the COVID-19 virus to humans, according to DHS . However, people infected with the virus can spread it to mink and other animals.

State, federal and local agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are providing assistance to the farm, which includes carcass disposal, cleaning and disinfecting animal areas and protecting human and animal health.

People suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 are encouraged to avoid contact with pets and other animals while they are completing their home isolation to protect the animals from infection. Visit the DHS website for more information on steps people can take to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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