COVID-19 is killing minks by the thousands in Wisconsin and Utah, but can it impact your pets?

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FILE – In this Sept. 4, 2015, file photo, a mink sniffs the air as he surveys the river beach in search of food, in a meadow near the village of Khatenchitsy, northwest of Minsk, Belarus. The Dutch government said Friday Aug. 28, 2020, it is bringing forward the mandatory end of mink farming in the country by three years amid a growing number of coronavirus infections at fur farms, earmarking an extra 150 million euros (dollars 178 million) to buy out farmers by early next year. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)

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Dr. Will Sander, assistant professor of preventive medicine and public health at the University of Ilinois Urbana-Champaign’s College of Veterinary Medicine, joins Steve Bertrand on Chicago’s Afternoon News to talk about how COVID-19 is decimating mink populations around the world, specifically in Wisconsin and Utah, and if there is a risk of coronavirus sickening domestic cats and dogs.

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