Spain to cull 90,000 mink after farmworkers test positive for Covid-19

Spain to cull 90,000 mink after farmworkers test positive for Covid-19

Authorities in northern Spain have said that over 90,000 mink must be culled at a farm after around 90 animals tested positive for the Covid-19.

Joaquin Olona, agriculture minister for the north-eastern Aragon region, said the cull would involve the slaughter of 92,700 mink which are prized for their pelts.

The Spanish mink farm has been carefully monitored since 22 May after seven workers tested positive for Covid-19, Olona said.

“Officials had carried out a string of tests which on 13 July showed that 87% of the mink were infected, prompting the decision to carry out a cull “to avoid the risk of human transmission”, Olona said.

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