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The Netherlands Found People Infected With The SARS-CoV-2 Virus From Ferrets

Netherlands detected Covid-19 infection from ferrets.

The Netherlands said a farmer working at an export ferret farm was infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the source was the mink.

On May 20, Dutch Agriculture Minister Carola Schouten sent a letter to the country's parliament announcing a case of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection from mink.

According to Minister Carola Schouten, the patient is a farmer who works at a mink farm for export. The health status of this patient was not disclosed.

In the letter, Ms. Carola Schouten acknowledged the previous recommendations of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture that people can transmit the virus to animals but animals do not transmit the virus to humans is wrong. However, she said the Dutch Institute of Public Health still assesses the risk of infection outside the animal housing.

In April, the Netherlands for the first time received a report of an outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic in weasel farms, after caregivers discovered that some ferrets had difficulty breathing.

In 2013, the Dutch government banned the creation of new mink farms, under pressure from animal protectors to oppose mink farming for export. The government also announced that, by 2024, all active mink farms would be closed.

According to Worldometers, as of May 20, the Netherlands recorded a total of 44,249 cases of Covid-19, of which 5,715 were fatal.

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