Hundreds of mink dead from COVID-19 on Fraser Valley farm in B.C.

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An outbreak of COVID-19 on a Fraser Valley mink farm is believed to have led to the deaths of at least 200 mink.

B.C.’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries said Friday night that an estimated one per cent of the farm’s mink population have died in the past week.

“The majority of the mink on the farm do not appear to be showing symptoms, and we understand the mortality rate has slowed in recent days,” the Ministry said in a statement to Global News.

Early this month it was revealed that eight workers at the farm tested positive for COVID-19 and that the animals were being tested to see if they have contracted the virus.

Testing results from the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease in Winnipeg confirmed that so far, five mink samples have tested positive for the virus.

“As the mink were isolated on the farm, the almost certain line of exposure and source of transmission of the virus to the mink would have been through the farm workers,” the ministry said.