Coronavirus is striking American mink farms, but Illinois' shrinking fur industry has so far escaped the virus

Outbreaks of coronavirus have struck mink farms in Wisconsin and Michigan, but Illinois’ shrinking fur industry so far appears to have remained free of the disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.An agency spokeswoman said that as of mid-November, two farms in Wisconsin — the nation’s largest mink-producing state by far — have detected the coronavirus in their animals, as have a dozen in Utah and one in Michigan.For now, though, no Illinois producers have reported finding the virus in their animals.Mink raised on farms to become fur coats or hats have become a recent source of coronav…

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