According to the Department of Health, the HSE will be carrying out serial testing of all mink farm workers as well as their household contacts.
As in the case of live-animal meat markets, on fur farms, minks and other animals killed for their skin are confined to cramped wire cages adjacent to one another, making it very easy for infectious diseases to spread through the exchange of urine, excrement, pus, and blood.
The Danish government has already responded to the threat posed by the mutated coronavirus by starting the culling of 17 million minks and shutting down the entire mink industry in the country, while applying severe local restrictions in the North Jutland region in the west of Denmark.
Forbes reported it is not clear how other major mink-farming countries such as China and Poland have been affected or whether these countries will take similar action as Denmark.
Tyra Krause, a senior public health specialist at Denmark's State Serum Institute, the authority that identified the mutated strain, said although more research was needed, early lab results found "this variant showed less sensitivity" to antibodies, which could make a potential vaccine "less effective".
"We have a great responsibility towards our own population, but with the mutation that has now been found, we have an even greater responsibility for the rest of the world as well", Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said at a news conference Wednesday, Reuters reports. Currently, there are over a thousand mink breeding farms in the country. The new virus variant, which had spread through mink farms, has been detected in 214 people. He said that such mutations happen all the time in viruses.
It said a sample taken from a gull's foot tested positive for the novel coronavirus, but there was no evidence it had infected birds.
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Health minister Magnus Heunicke said half the 783 human COVID-19 cases in northern Denmark "are related" to minks. It meant any passengers arriving in the United Kingdom from Denmark would need to self-isolate after their arrival.
Discovery of the mutation should not alter what governments and authorities around the world do to control the pandemic, it said on Thursday.