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Australia Contamination of the Covid by minks: perhaps the "first known cases" of transmission from animals to humans (WHO)

19:10  26 may  2020
19:10  26 may  2020 Source:   clubic.com

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The infections in the south of the Netherlands could be the " first known cases of animal - to - human transmission ", the World Health Organization had said on Tuesday. The Dutch government had previously made COVID -19 testing mandatory on all mink farms in the country, where the animals

"This would be the first known cases of animal - to - human transmission ," the UN Health Agency admits. WHO said they are in the process of getting The first case of mink workers infected with coronavirus was from one of two farms near the city of Eindhoven. The minks , which were bred for

Les cas probables de contamination de Néerlandais par des visons pourrait être les © Jonathan NACKSTRAND Probable cases of contamination of Dutch people by minks could be the "first" known cases of transmission "of the new coronavirus from animal to man, according to WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that the probable cases of contamination of Dutch by mink could be" first known cases of transmission "of the new coronavirus from animals to humans.

After the announcement of a first "plausible" case last week, the Dutch authorities estimated on Monday "very likely" that a second employee of a mink farm in the Netherlands had contracted the virus at the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic via small mammals.

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Mink farm workers in the south of the Netherlands were believed to have contracted the coronavirus from minks , which could be the first known cases of The Dutch government had previously made COVID -19 testing mandatory on all mink farms in the country, where the animals are bred for their fur.

“This would be the first known cases of animal - to - human transmission ,” the UN health agency told AFP in an email. Dutch Agriculture Minister Carola Schouten said Monday that a second worker had likely contracted Covid -19 on a mink farm, while stressing that the risk of further contagion remained

WHO has indicated that it has contacted Dutch researchers investigating the subject, stressing that "to date, there may be at least three cases".

"These would be the first known cases of transmission from animals to humans," said the organization, which specialized in an email to AFP.

"But we continue to collect and examine other data to understand whether animals, and pets, can spread the disease," she added.

The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed nearly 350,000 lives worldwide since its onset in December in the Wuhan region of China.

The work of researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology has shown that the genome sequence of the new coronavirus is 80% similar to that of SARS, which caused a previous epidemic in 2002-2003, and 96% to that of a bat coronavirus.

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The infections in the south of the Netherlands could be the " first known cases of animal - to - human transmission ", the World Health Organization had said on Tuesday. The Dutch government had previously made COVID -19 testing mandatory on all mink farms in the country, where the animals

Infection of mink farm workers in south of Netherlands could be ' first known cases of animal - to - human transmission ', WHO says. The health ministry said three people on the farm tested positive for Covid -19, but said it remained unclear if more than one of the cases had come

The vast majority of researchers thus agree that the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus - the cause of the pandemic - was probably born in bats, but scientists believe that it is passed through another species, not yet known, before being transmitted to humans.

It is this piece of the puzzle that the international scientific community and the WHO hope to discover in order to better understand what happened, to better target risky practices and avoid a new pandemic.

The debate on the origin of the virus also has diplomatic repercussions, the United States accusing the Chinese laboratory, in Wuhan, of being at the origin of the coronavirus which Beijing denies.

China said on Sunday that it was "ready" for international cooperation in order to identify the source of the new coronavirus, a cooperation that should refrain from any "political interference".

In Geneva, the director general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, indicated Monday that the discussion on "the origin of the virus is not really new", and that Beijing and the WHO had "started to 'agreement' at the start of the epidemic on the need to investigate its origin.

"This is not new, the discussion has already started and there was already an agreement," said Tedros.

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