Respiratory disease and increased mortality occurred in minks on two farms in the Netherlands, with interstitial pneumonia and SARS-CoV-2 RNA in organ and swab samples. On both farms, at least one worker had coronavirus disease-associated symptoms before the outbreak. Variations in mink-derived viral genomes showed between-mink transmission and no infection link between the farms. Inhalable dust contained viral RNA, indicating possible exposure of workers. One worker is assumed to have attracted the virus from mink.

interstitial pneumonia, mink, SARS-CoV-2, transmission,
Department of Virology

Oreshkova, N. (Nadia), Molenaar, R.J. (Robert Jan), Vreman, S. (Sandra), Harders, F. (Frank), Oude Munnink, B.B, Hakze-van der Honing, R.W. (Renate W.), … Stegeman, A. (2020). SARS-CoV-2 infection in farmed minks, the Netherlands, April and May 2020. Eurosurveillance, 25(23). doi:10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2020.25.23.2001005