Nearly 100,000 mink will be culled at a farm in eastern Spain after it was discovered most of the animals there had been infected with coronavirus.
The farm in the village of La Puebla de Valverde in the Aragon region, 125 miles east of Madrid, came to the attention of the authorities after the wife of one of its workers tested positive in May.
Joaquin Olona, head of the Aragon agriculture department, told reporters on Thursday that seven farm workers had subsequently tested positive, including the woman’s husband.
Health authorities have now ordered the culling of all 93,000 mink to prevent them spreading the virus to more humans.
A few weeks ago authorities had initially ordered that the animals should be isolated.
But after several rounds of testing they have decided the mink, which are farmed for their fur, should be culled.
As many as 80% of a sample of the animals tested positive.
The management of Secapiel, the company that runs the region’s only mink farm, was not immediately available for comment.
The firm will receive financial compensation for the culling, authorities said.
Cases of mink with coronavirus have also been identified in Denmark, the world’s largest producer, and the Netherlands.
Though the animals did not show any symptoms, hundreds of thousands were culled to prevent farmers becoming infected.
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