[ti:Denmark to Destroy Mink Population after Coronavirus Spreads to Humans] [by:www.houshang36.top] [00:00.00]更多听力请访问51VOA.COM [00:00.04]Denmark says it plans to destroy its whole population of minks [00:07.60]after the animals apparently spread the new coronavirus to humans. [00:15.68]Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said government investigators [00:21.60]had discovered a mutation in the virus in 12 people in northern Denmark. [00:30.16]The individuals are believed to have been infected by minks. [00:36.88]Denmark's health minister said that half of nearly 800 [00:42.72]human COVID-19 cases in northern Denmark "are related" to minks. [00:50.96]Denmark is the world's main exporter of mink fur. [00:56.96]Most of the fur is sent to China and Hong Kong. [01:02.92]Frederiksen called the situation "very serious" and warned [01:08.84]that the mutation could make future coronavirus vaccines ineffective. [01:16.84]Health officials said they found virus versions in humans [01:22.44]and minks that showed decreased sensitivity to antibodies. [01:29.48]They said this could make future vaccines less effective. [01:35.76]Frederiksen told reporters the mutated virus in minks [01:41.64]could have harmful effects worldwide. [01:46.08]"We have a great responsibility towards our own population, [01:51.84]but with the mutation that has now been found, [01:56.16]we have an even greater responsibility [01:59.48]for the rest of the world as well," she said. [02:04.76]To deal with the problem, the government said it was necessary [02:09.68]to cull the country's total population of 15 to 17 million minks. [02:19.12]Officials said police and military forces [02:23.12]would be deployed to speed up the process. [02:27.92]The discovery of the mutation [02:30.60]was shared with the World Health Organization (WHO) [02:34.08]and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. [02:40.56]The head of the WHO's emergencies program, Mike Ryan, [02:46.48]called for scientific investigations into how the coronavirus [02:52.48]is being spread between minks and humans. [02:57.72]"We have been informed by Denmark of a number of persons [03:02.76]infected with coronavirus from mink, [03:06.40]with some genetic changes in the virus," [03:10.28]the WHO said in a statement to Reuters. [03:14.96]The WHO also provided a statement to the French press agency AFP. [03:23.12]"In a few instances, the minks that were infected by humans [03:28.52]have transmitted the virus to other people. [03:32.76]These are the first reported cases [03:36.36]of animal-to-human transmission," the statement said. [03:42.24]The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [03:46.76]states that coronaviruses "are a large family of viruses [03:53.00]that are common in people and many different species of animals, [03:58.44]including camels, cattle, cats, and bats." [04:04.64]The CDC adds that "animal coronaviruses [04:09.16]rarely infect people and then spread between people." [04:14.96]However, the organization said this happened with the new coronavirus, [04:20.80]which causes the disease COVID-19. [04:25.84]Scientists have said the new coronavirus likely started in bats [04:32.20]and began spreading to humans at a market. [04:36.32]Danish officials say a total of 207 of the country's fur farms [04:43.52]had been infected with COVID-19. [04:47.80]Denmark already started culling millions of mink last month in northern areas. [04:56.16]The government has promised to compensate farmers for the losses. [05:02.80]There are more than 1,000 such farms in the country. [05:08.48]The animal cause group Humane Society International [05:13.32]praised the prime minister for taking a necessary "and science-based step [05:20.16]to protect Danish citizens." [05:23.20]It said that such a large cull represents "an animal welfare tragedy." [05:30.80]However, the group said it hoped that losing so many mink [05:35.92]to the coronavirus will persuade fur farms to get out of the business. [05:43.72]Danish officials said increased restrictions and stronger contact tracing efforts [05:51.20]will be ordered in parts of the north to help contain the virus. [05:57.56]Kare Molbak is the director at Denmark's State Serum Institute, [06:04.28]the health body that deals with infectious diseases. [06:09.12]"The worst case scenario is a new pandemic, [06:13.52]starting all over again out of Denmark," he said. [06:18.44]I'm Bryan Lynn. 更多听力请访问51VOA.COM www9778con