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Coronavirus hits mink Netherlands farm

Christian Fernsby |
Animals at two mink farms in the Netherlands have tested positive for coronavirus, according to officials.

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Dutch Minister of Agriculture Carola Schouten announced the findings in a statement released on Sunday. The animals were identified on farms in Gemert-Bakel and Laarbeek and showed “various symptoms including respiratory problems.”

The towns in which the farms are located lie within the Noord Brabant region, which has seen the worst outbreak in the country. Some employees at both farms appeared to have symptoms.

The minister announced measures to prevent further spread, such as a “reporting obligation” for farmers, veterinarians and research institutions. The ministry further advises against "cycling or walking within a radius of approximately 400 meters around the infected mink farm" while the results of further tests are pending.

The statement noted that some of the livestock does not appear to be susceptible, so the requirements only apply to mink. As such, the ministry is isolating the animals and manure on the farm.

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