Mink test positive for COVID-19 on second Fraser Valley farm

Dec 24 2020, 3:20 pm

Mink on a second Fraser Valley farm have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries.

Three mink that died on the farm have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans.

BC’s chief veterinarian has placed the farm under a quarantine order. This means moving animals and materials from the property is prohibited.

“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,” read the release.

No workers on the farm have tested positive for COVID-19 to date.

It’s not currently known how the three mink contracted the virus and the ministry is “currently working with stakeholders to identify potential sources.”

This news comes after workers and animals tested positive for COVID-19 at another mink farm in the Fraser Valley earlier this month.