By NewsDesk @bactiman63
Following the alerts notified by the Dutch health authorities last April, specific surveillance systems were put in place and biosecurity measures were reinforced in all mink farms in France from May.
Analyzes have been carried out since mid-November as part of a scientific program led by ANSES to define the health status of 4 French mink farms vis-à-vis the SARS-COV-2 virus.
In late November, French authorities reported detecting SARS-COV-2 virus in American mink.
The results of the investigations were noted today:
The RT-PCR analyzes carried out since mid-November as part of a scientific program led by ANSES to define the health status of the 4 French mink farms vis-à-vis the SARS-COV-2 virus have been completed.
One mink farm has been completely depopulated and the other three are now free from SARS-COV-2.
In addition, the sequencing analysis of the virus discovered in the Eure-et-Loir farm makes it possible to exclude any contamination by the SARS-COV-2 variant.
Local transmission from humans infected with SARS-CoV-2 is the most likely source of contamination in mink from this farm.
ANSES was also contacted on November 27 to define the appropriate procedures for monitoring the SARS-Cov-2 infection to be implemented in the three farms, for mink as well as for workers in contact with these animals. The opinion is expected in mid-December.