Plus we talk to an American virologist testing wild animals for COVID-19. Listen to episode 2 of The Conversation Weekly podcast.
COVID-19 has been found in pets, zoo animals and in a wild mink in Utah. Monitoring wildlife for COVID-19 is important for animals and humans, both of whom face risks from a jumping virus.
In the disturbing scenario of human-to-mink-to-human COVID-19 transmission, the virus may mutate in mink prior to re-infecting people. That possibility makes vaccine design even more crucial.
Denmark orders the cull of all farmed mink after a mutated strain of coronavirus was found in some animals.
Why politicians need to stop playing politics with animals, and start taking their welfare seriously.