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Mutated COVID Virus in Mink in Greece


ProMED Mail reported a communication from veterinary authorities in Greece that three outbreaks of COVID-19 were diagnosed in mink farms in western Macedonia. It is considered significant that the Y453F mutation characteristic of the mink-related variant in Denmark was present on one of the farms evaluated.


Infected mink on one farm holding 7,500 animals showed 900 affected and 160 dead with the farm owner, workers, and mink yielding SARS-CoV-2 virus on RT-PCR.


All three farms were depopulated.


Mink Housing, Greece