Nearly 10,000 minks have died across several farms in Utah due to COVID-19 in a matter of weeks, a state official said.
State veterinarian Dean Taylor told NBC News that the deaths have been spread across nine mink farms in Utah over just two weeks.
While the official noted “research indicates there hasn’t been a spread from minks to humans,” he said that the minks suffered from respiratory issues, which have also been reported among humans.
“Minks show open mouth breathing, discharge from their eyes and nose, and are not sick for several days before they pass away. They typically die within the next day,” he told the network.
He also said that older animals have proven to be more vulnerable to the disease.
Taylor told NBC News that the illness has been “wiping out 50 percent of the breeding colonies.”
He said the country first started seeing minks return