Fri August 3, 2012
Fairs Working To Prevent Swine Flu Outbreak
The Ohio Expo Commission has moved additional hand-sanitation stations to the swine barn at the State Fair and has reminded exhibitors to take extra hygiene measures.
Two hogs that tested positive for the H3N2 strain of the swine flu virus were sent home from the State Fair on Thursday. It's the same strain that sickened more than 40 people last week at the Butler County Fair. Other county fairs in Ohio are taking additional precautions to prevent an outbreak. Medina County Fair Board President Chuck Stiver says employees are working with health officials and veterinarians. State Fair-goers are also being urged to wash their hands after visiting livestock exhibit areas and before eating and drinking. The State Fair runs through Sunday.