Taylor County mink tests positive for coronavirus, DNR says

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Posted at 12:38 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 14:08:44-04

A dead mink in Taylor County tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 infection that causes COVID-19 in humans.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the mink is the first confirmed coronavirus infection in the mink population.

According to DNR, Wisconsin is the second state with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 at a mink farm, with Utah being the first. Officials say there is no evidence that animals, including minks, spread SARS-CoV-2 to humans, but people with the virus can spread it to animals.

All animals on the farm have been quarantined, the DNR said.

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