A new type of corona virus was detected in minkes in a public aquarium in the USA. Tonya Clauss, vice president of Animal and Environmental Health at Georgia Aquarium, stated that mink’s had only mild symptoms and were “followed very closely”.
Covid-19 was detected in minkes in a public aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
According to a statement made yesterday by officials at Georgia Aquarium, Asian small-clawed minkes experienced respiratory symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, mild drowsiness and cough.
“THE VIRUS MAY BE TRANSMITTED BY PERSONNEL”
While the number of mink detected in Covid-19 was not specified in the statement, it was stated that the aquarium’s animal health experts and maintenance teams were interested in mink. It was also stated that the possibility of minkes getting the virus from a staff member was emphasized and the animals had no direct contact with the guests.
Tonya Clauss, vice president of Animal and Environmental Health at Georgia Aquarium, said the minkes had only mild symptoms and were “followed very closely.” “We expect all the mink to be fully healed,” Clauss said.