WARSAW, February 13 – RIA Novosti. The coronavirus detected in minks in Poland can be transmitted to humans, and vice versa, according to the report of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the republic.
A few months ago, a coronavirus was detected on a mink farm in Poland.
“The virus detected in minks on a farm in the Kartu district can be transmitted to humans and vice versa,” the message says.
It is explained that the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Grzegorz Puda was informed by the director of the State Veterinary Institute in Puławy “about the completion of highly specialized studies” aimed at studying the SARS-CoV-2 genome, strains obtained after the first case of mink virus infection in Poland. According to the ministry, virologists came to the conclusion that the strains of SARS-CoV-2 found in minks “are similar to each other and belong to a certain line already known to epidemiologists.”
Also, in the material studied, “there were no genetic changes characteristic of the British, South African or Brazilian variants of the virus.”
In a statement from the Polish ministry, it is stated that the studies carried out, as well as the experience in Denmark and the Netherlands, “clearly indicate that in Poland this virus can spread from mink to humans and back. Spread of coronavirus.