Minks have been infected with coronavirus North Brabant

Coronavirus has been detected in several mink farms amongst some of the animals. Because some of the farm’s employees had symptoms of the virus, it can be presumed that the animals were infected by their human caretakers. 

The minks displayed several symptoms including respiratory issues, Omroep Brabant reports. 

The farms are located in Milheeze and Beek en Donk, both of which are located in the region of North Brabant. The virus has hit this region in the Netherlands the hardest. Both farms have been closed as a precautionary measure.

Precautionary measures

However, precautionary measures were taken immediately. Both animals and manure are not to leave the parameters. Furthermore, walking and biking within a 400-meter radius of either farm is prohibited, NOS reports. 

How the virus spread through the farms is currently being studied. According to Wim van der Poel, professor of virology in Wageningen, we don’t as yet know how hard the virus hits amongst minks — but not all of them will suffer from consequences (though some have developed pneumonia as a result).

It should be noted, however, that minks have proven to be particularly susceptible, and other livestock have not as yet displayed symptoms.

Can minks give coronavirus to humans?

According to the RIVM, minks can’t return the virus to humans. Human to animal contamination is possible, but not the other way around, in the case of minks that is.

Coronavirus is said to have originated in bats and then spread to humans. So the whole question about animal-to-human contamination and vice-versa still needs to be examined further.

Have you heard of any other animals in the Netherlands that have been affected with coronavirus? Let us know in the comments. 

Feature Image: Mark Evans/Wikimedia Commons 

Vedika Luthrahttp://hotchocolatehits.com
Vedika was born in India, raised in Poland and moved to the Netherlands to study. Like her nationality, she’s confused about what she likes most, which is why her bachelor’s degree was in liberal arts and sciences. She enjoys writing about all things food-related but likes to mix it up every now and then.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related posts

Latest posts

5 things we wish we knew about utilities in the Netherlands

You’ve braved the Dutch housing market, secured your dream home, and now it’s finally time to settle in and relax. But what about utilities?  Whether...

The Ocean Cleanup, founded by Dutch teenager, removes almost 30,000 kilos of garbage from ocean

Let's give a swell of applause to The Ocean Cleanup who claim removing mass amounts of plastic from the sea is now possible. 👏 The...

The Netherlands falls short on vaccines promised to developing countries

The Netherlands has fallen far short of its promise to donate 27 million vaccines to developing countries. So far only 2.15 million vaccines have...

The latest Dutch news.
In your inbox.