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Icelandic Minks Tested for Coronavirus Infections

The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority will test for the coronavirus in mink farms in Iceland in light of infections from a mutated strain of the virus passing from minks to people in Denmark. There is currently no suspicion of coronavirus infection in Icelandic mink farms.

The Authority has sent notices to mink farmers of increased infection prevention measures and urged them to adhere to them as strictly as possible. They asked to be notified of even the smallest suspicion of illness on farms, especially if the infected person had been in contact with the animals. They had received no such notifications but state that the flow of information between them and the farmers was good. If an infection arises, the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority will decide the next steps in conversation with healthcare authorities.

Denmark’s Prime Minister revealed yesterday that all minks in Denmark, 17 million, would be killed and disposed of as soon as possible because a mutated strain of the coronavirus had been passed from the minks to people. The Prime Minister called the situation immensely serious and that the mutation could prove a hindrance to COVID-19 vaccines as the mutated virus is impervious to the vaccines currently in development.

The chance of infection in Iceland’s wild mink stock is low as contact with humans is minimal. Iceland currently has nine mink farms in Northwest Iceland and on the south coast with around 15,000 breeding females.


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