SARS-CoV-2 Transmission between Mink (Neovison vison) and Humans, Denmark

Emerg Infect Dis. 2021 Feb;27(2):547-551. doi: 10.3201/eid2702.203794. Epub 2020 Nov 18.


Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 has caused a pandemic in humans. Farmed mink (Neovison vison) are also susceptible. In Denmark, this virus has spread rapidly among farmed mink, resulting in some respiratory disease. Full-length virus genome sequencing revealed novel virus variants in mink. These variants subsequently appeared within the local human community.

Keywords: 2019 novel coronavirus disease; COVID-19; Coronavirus; Denmark; SARS-CoV-2; coronavirus disease; full-genome sequence; mink; respiratory infections; severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2; virus adaptation; virus transmission; viruses; zoonoses.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • COVID-19 / transmission*
  • COVID-19 / veterinary
  • COVID-19 / virology
  • Denmark / epidemiology
  • Disease Transmission, Infectious / veterinary*
  • Farms
  • Humans
  • Mink / virology*
  • SARS-CoV-2 / genetics*
  • Viral Zoonoses / transmission*
  • Viral Zoonoses / virology