Denmark records SARS-CoV-2 infections that are associated with farmed minks
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Biodiversity
- Denmark, which has recorded more than 55,000 cases of COVID-19, has also recorded over 200 human cases infected with SARS-CoV-2 variants that are associated with farmed minks.
Important value additions
- These are dark-colored, semiaquatic, carnivorous mammals.
- Genera: Neovison and Mustela.
- Family: Mustelidae.
- This family also includes weasels, otters and ferrets.
- There are two extant species referred to as “mink”: the American mink and the European mink.
- The European mink is listed by the IUCN as Critically Endangered due to an ongoing reduction in numbers.
Do you know?
- Denmark is the world’s largest mink producer, with a 15-17 million strong mink population across 1,100 farms.