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.

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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