Coronavirus: Dutch farmer may have caught COVID-19 from mink, says minister

A Dutch mink farm worker likely caught coronavirus from the animals kept there, in the country’s first reported case of animal-to-human transmission, the agriculture minister said.

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The case happened on one of two farms near the southern city of Eindhoven where the disease was earlier found among the mammals, which are bred for their valuable fur.

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Researchers compared the genetic code of the virus found in the mink to that of the patient, creating a “family tree” to map its mutation, minister Carola Schouten said late Tuesday.

“It is concluded from this investigation that it is plausible that one employee of an infected mink farm was infected by mink,” Schouten said in a letter to parliament.

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