Information received on 21/12/2020 from Dr Jaspinder Komal, Chief Veterinary Officer, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa, Canada
Report type Follow-up report No. 1
Date of start of the event 26/11/2020
Date of confirmation of the event 08/12/2020
Report date 21/12/2020
Date submitted to OIE 21/12/2020
Reason for notification Emerging disease
Morbidity 1 %
Mortality 1 %
Zoonotic impact Zoonotic disease
Causal agent SARS-CoV-2
Related reports Immediate notification (09/12/2020)
Follow-up report No. 1 (21/12/2020)
Follow-up report No. 2 (30/12/2020)
Follow-up report No. 3 (08/01/2021)
Outbreaks There are no new outbreaks in this report
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Suspected human transmission
Epidemiological comments Near full genome of SARS-CoV-2 obtained for all 5 mink samples (98.75-99.87% genome coverage) by the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease shows at least 4 unique single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) differences compared to other reported SARS-CoV-2 sequences in GISAID. The 5 mink sequences are most similar and share a set of common SNPs to lineage B.1.1.73 North American sequences.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Quarantine
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • Screening
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease (National laboratory) American Mink virus sequencing 11/12/2020 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.