SARS-CoV-2 and the human-animal interface: outbreaks on mink farms

SARS-CoV-2 and the human-animal interface: outbreaks on mink farms

11/20/2020

Author:  Marion Koopmans   In:  TheLancet.com/Infection

…..the rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 in these animals raises questions about a possible role as intermediary hosts in the early stages of the pandemic. In early November, WHO announced a much-needed study into the origins of SARS-CoV-2.13 This study will need to go beyond what is currently known, including exploring the role of a range of animals kept for food, fur, or other products. There are also lessons to learn for the fur sector in other countries: there is currently no global overview of the location of such farms, and no mandatory surveillance programme. In view of our observations, that is urgently needed.

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