Mink Tests Positive For COVID-19 in Taylor County

Oct 8, 2020

Credit PIXABAY.COM

A dead mink in Taylor County has tested positive for COVID-19.

The mink was from a mink farm. The positive test was confirmed by the National Veterinary Service Laboratories.

This is the first confirmed COVID-19 infection among Wisconsin’s mink population.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has quarantined all animals on the farm. This means no animals or animal products may leave the farm. No information about the farm or parties involved will be released.

DATCP is with working with local and state health officials to clean and disinfect the animal areas while protecting human and animal health.

Wisconsin is the second state with a confirmed COVID-19 cases at a mink farm. Utah confirmed its first cases on August 17th. There is currently no evidence that animals, including mink, play a significant role in spreading COVID-19 to humans. However, people infected with virus can spread it to mink and other animals.