Dead corona minks push up from the grave

To limit the spread of a mutated coronavirus, the Danish authorities decided that all the country’s mink populations, where infection had been detected, should be killed.

About nine million minks have been killed, and many of them have been buried in mass graves.

But after lying one meter below the ground for several days, several of the minks have pushed themselves to the surface again. It writes Danmarks Radio.

Believes mutated mink virus has been eradicated

– In connection with the decay, some gases can be formed, which causes the mink carcasses to expand a little. In the worst case, this leads to some of them being pushed up from the ground, says Thomas Kristensen, press officer in the National Police.


Kristensen says that they have seen several cases of dead minks coming to the surface.

– It is a natural process, which we have tried to contain by laying more soil on the graves.

The problem, however, is that the selected soil has proven to be too light.

– One meter of soil is not just one meter of soil. It depends on what the earth is made of. That is why this is happening now, says Kristensen.

Low risk of infection

The mass graves have been fenced in, filled with more soil, and they are also being guarded. Dead animals have a certain, albeit small, risk of infection.

– Mink, which have been infected with the corona, are transmitted primarily through exhalation. Thus, the risk of infection is lower for dead mink than for live mink. But bacteria can still be present in the fur of the mink, says Kristensen.

– But having said that, it is never healthy to be near dead animals, he continues.

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