In the upcoming months NCOH will be hosting a series of scientific lectures on COVID-19, with a special focus on the One Health approach to current challenges. The first webinar “COVID-19 in minks” will be held on 6 July, World Zoonoses Day!
Prevention and control of infectious diseases outbreaks are important societal challenges that require an integrated and balanced perspective in which human, veterinary, wildlife, and environmental elements and considerations are integrated. The new SARS-CoV-2 virus inspired One Health research globally. Time to exchange knowledge and expertise and learn from each other. That is why the NCOH invites you and all NCOH scientists to join our series of webinars.
The first webinar in this series will be about the current research regarding COVID-19 on mink farms. This spring, SARS-CoV-2 has infected Dutch mink farms that raise the animals for fur. The mink SARS-CoV-2-outbreaks are a zoonotic spillover from the human SARS-CoV-2 outbreak. It offers Dutch scientists a unique chance to study how the virus jumps between species and rapidly spreads through the mink population. The infected mink could have become a viral reservoir that could have caused new outbreaks in humans.
Date: Monday 6 July, 15:00 – 16:00 hours
Please register here. You will receive a link to the webinar on Monday 6 July.
Programme webinar “COVID-19 in minks”
|15:00||Opening by Prof. Dick Heederik, chair NCOH Executive Board|
|Outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2 infections on mink farms: introduction and on farm observations
Prof. Arjan Stegeman, Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University
|SARS-CoV-2 infections in farmed mink: pathological and virological findings
Prof. Wim van der Poel, Wageningen University & Research
|Development of the virus and spillover from human to animal and vice versa
Dr. Bas Oude Munnink PhD, Viroscience Department, Erasmus MC
In the media about COVID-19 in minks
- What’s the risk that animals will spread the coronavirus – Nature.com, 1 June 2020
- Coronavirus rips through Dutch mink farms, triggering culls to prevent human infections – ScienceMag.org, 9 June 2020
- People probably caught coronavirus from minks. That’s a wake-up call to study infections in animals, researchers say – The Washington Post, 19 June 2020