The Regional Government of Aragón has ordered that 92,700 minks be put down after they were tested and it was discovered that 86% were infected with Covid-19.
The minks belonged to a breeding farm in La Puebla de Valverde (Teruel) where seven workers had also tested positive. The health authorities decided to test the animals and found that the majority were infected and had subsequently infected another two workers. In other words the virus passed from human to animal and then from animal back to a human.
The seven workers had been tested on the 22nd of May and have since had a clean bill of health. The animals were immediately quarantined at the time but the decision to do something about them was only taken this Wednesday. The Government decided to sacrifice all of them after repeated testing over these intervening months turned up that more and more were infected.
The Aragón Health Board, however, avoided confirming a transmission between humans and these animals: “One cannot establish with any certainty whether there has been a transmission from people to animals or vice versa, but it is precisely because of this elevated degree of uncertainty that has led us to take this course of action,” the Board Spokesperson declared. Their concerned was that the farm would be a ‘virus reservoir’ if the animals were not put down.
“We have to eliminate risk,” explained Health Minister, Sr. Olona, adding that Aragón only has this one mink breeding farm.
(News: Teruel, Aragon)