Preliminary report of an outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 in mink and mink farmers associated with community spread, Denmark, June to November 2020

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  • Helle Daugaard Larsen
  • Jannik Fonager
  • Frederikke Kristensen Lomholt
  • Tine Dalby
  • Guido Benedetti
  • Brian Kristensen
  • Tinna Ravnholt Urth
  • Morten Rasmussen
  • Ria Lassaunière
  • Thomas Bruun Rasmussen
  • Bertel Strandbygaard
  • Louise Lohse
  • Manon Chaine
  • Karina Lauenborg Møller
  • Ann Sofie Nicole Berthelsen
  • Sarah Kristine Nørgaard
  • Ute Wolff Sönksen
  • Sten Mortensen
  • Anette Bøtner
  • Anders Fomsgaard

In June-November 2020, SARS-CoV-2-infected mink were detected in 290 of 1,147 Danish mink farms. In North Denmark Region, 30% (324/1,092) of people found connected to mink farms tested SARS-CoV- 2-PCR-positive and approximately 27% (95% confidence interval (CI): 25-30) of SARS-CoV-2-strains from humans in the community were mink-associated. Measures proved insufficient to mitigate spread. On 4 November, the government ordered culling of all Danish mink. Farmed mink constitute a potential virus reservoir challenging pandemic control.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number5
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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