COVID19: Is Virus On The Path Of Animal-To-Human Transmission?


Whole world is fighting with the novel coronavirus and still there is no vaccine available to contain its spread. Amid this, first case of animal-to-human transmission has been observed in a mink farm in North-eastern Spain.

According to the news in BBC, this was discovered when one of the farm employee's wife was tested positive for COVID in May. After that her husband and six other employees were also tested positive. The minks were then isolated and monitored closely. On testing them, it was found that 87% of the minks were infected. Post this result, on July 13 health authorities ordered to cull all the infected minks.

According to Joaquin Olona, Arag√≥n's minister of agriculture,  the decision to cull the mink was taken "to avoid the risk of human transmission". According to him, it is still not clear that transmission from animals to human and vice versa is possible or not.


Studies have shown that the virus is contagious among few animals including cats, dogs and now minks.

On the same line, tens of thousands of mink have been slaughtered in past few months in Netherland, when infection was discovered at the farms.

According to the World Health Organization, this could be the first case of animal-to-human transmission. There is possibility that the infected farm worker unwittingly transmitted the disease to the animals or the animals passed on the disease to workers.

If this is the case then we really need to be more precautious as the coronavirus is on the path of animal-to-human transmission and vice versa.

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COVID19: Is Virus On The Path Of Animal-To-Human Transmission?

Whole world is fighting with the novel coronavirus and still there is no vaccine available to contain its spread. Amid this, first case ...