Avoiding Swine Flu at County Fairs

By Stephanie Parkinson

July 24, 2013 Updated Jul 24, 2013 at 5:52 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Several swine flu cases have been reported at county fairs in Indiana this year. Tuesday the Allen County Fair began and organizers say they're taking precautions to prevent swine flu at the fairgrounds.

The fair director says there is always risk when you have pigs together at the fairgrounds Already this year 12 cases of swine flu have been reported to the Indiana Health Department. Ten of those came from exposure at county fairs.

The director for the Allen County 4-H Fair says it's not required that all pigs that come to the fair be vaccinated. So what they do to prevent swine flu is take the temperature of every pig when they arrive. So far all of the pigs appear to be healthy and throughout the weekend they will continue to monitor their temperatures.

"I would say it's nothing to be scared of because everything we've got, here at this point, is safe and as long as you follow the precautions we should be good," said Jerry Hammon, Co-Director, Allen County Fair.

There are signs posted asking people to wash their hands after contact with any livestock. Also the rules have changed when it comes to interaction with the swine. People are no longer allowed to walk through the barn. However, the barn does not have exterior walls so fair-goers can still see the pigs. The goal is to limit contact with people.

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