This fall, researchers in Utah began surveying wildlife populations after a breakout of the COVID-19 SARS-2 virus in domestic mink farms. They found one wild mink who had contracted the virus, apparently from contact with farmed mink. Interspecies infection has been a hallmark of the SARS-2 Cov2 virus from the start. Nevertheless, the new finding raises questions about what impact the pandemic might have on wildlife populations. Tony Goldberg is a Professor of Pathobiological Sciences at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine and Associate Director for Research at the UW Global Health Institute.
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