B.C. farm placed under quarantine after animal tests positive for COVID-19

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An animal farm in Southwest of British Columbia has been placed under quarantine after a mink tested positive for COVID-19 virus.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries confirmed Tuesday that a Fraser Valley mink farm has been placed under quarantine with restrictions prohibiting the movement of animals and materials from the property.

According to a statement released by the Ministry, the quarantine follows after one mink on the farm tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans.

The statement further added “Two additional mink are suspect positive for the virus, pending the confirmation of testing. A plan is in place to provide feed and care to the mink during the outbreak that respects the conditions of the quarantine and maintains both worker and mink safety. No workers on the farm have tested positive for COVID-19 to date, and all have received or been offered their first dose of vaccination.”

“Twenty mink were tested for the virus as part of the Province’s general surveillance procedures, with the one positive test result confirmed on May 17, 2021. The farm has approximately 25,000 animals, the remainder of which appear healthy and are not displaying any symptoms of illness,” the statement said, adding that “It is not currently known how the mink contracted the virus. The ministry is working with stakeholders to identify potential sources.”

This is the third mink farm in B.C. to have mink test positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.

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