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Irish mink population to be culled over Covid-19 fears

Following the discovery of a mutated form of Covid-19 at a Danish mink farm, the Department of Agriculture has informed mink farm owners to cull their mink populations.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan wrote to the vet at the Department of Agriculture as it was feared that a variant strain of Covid-19 found in mink could become the dominant strain.

There are currently three mink farms in Ireland located in Donegal, Laois and Kerry that contain 120,000 mink.

It is understood that the farms are permitted to pelt or remove the fur from their mink but further breeding is prohibited.

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