May 17, 2022 6:47 pm

Half of the Galician mink farms, immobilized by Covid

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Minks have played a leading role in this health crisis, where mutations focus the concerns of most experts. The possibility that this animal species was generating more contagious variants for humans led the Ministry of Health to take special precautions from the first impasses of the pandemic. One of the main ones, although workers who are in direct contact with mink have the complete vaccination schedule must quarantine for 14 days, without exceptions, just as if they were immunosuppressed. This is twice as long as for the rest of the population and a firewall to ensure that the virus does not spread and limit

the risks due to the fear of transmission from animal to human, and vice versa.

Of the 37 mink farms in Spain, 24 are located in Galician territory. Immersed in the most contagious wave of the pandemic, with more than 8,000 infected daily, half of the farms located in the Community “remain immobilized” according to sources from the Department of Rural Affairs confirmed to ABC. Of the rest of those that were closed in 2021 – when outbreaks were detected in 25 percent of the total – “four have already been demobilized: three of them have resumed activity and one is currently inactive,” they specify from the Ministry of the branch to this newspaper.

In which they continue with their activity, controls are continuous. Following the guidelines of the ‘Program for the prevention, surveillance and control of Sars-Cov-2 in American mink farms in Spain’ prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, samples are taken fortnightly and routinely to animals, in addition to testing farm employees for possible transmissions.

In the case of Galicia, the mink population amounts to 70,279 breeders, fully affected by the information that arrived from the Netherlands already at the beginning of the pandemic, and that warned of farms infected by the virus. At that time, the Galician Government contacted the fur sector to inform them of the incident and inform them of the requirement for security controls focused on “biosecurity” measures.

This is stipulated in the Ministry’s protocol, which points out the importance of preventing the introduction of the virus in mink farms, as well as preventing its spread from the affected farms. “To do this,” he says, “the owner must ensure that the employees and all other people who regularly or occasionally enter the farm comply with the measures.” From the outset, people considered as suspected, probable and confirmed cases with active Covid infection they will not be able to access the mink farms. For the purposes of this Program, which is governed by Galicia, those people who during the last 14 days have been in contact with animals in which active infection has been detected will also be considered close contact.

The specific obligations are completed with the monitoring of animals found dead on the farm, with oropharyngeal samples taken from the carcasses every two weeks. In addition, establishments under suspicion will be those in which there is an abnormal mortality detection or those that have been related to a positive farm. From there, Skins originating from the farm will be precautionarily immobilized, processed or not, located in pelletizing plants. Extreme measures to raise barriers against Covid.

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