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Swine flu circulating at Indiana fairs

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Twelve cases of swine influenza have been detected  at Indiana fairs this summer. At least ten individuals had exposure to swine at the Grant and Hancock county fairs and one individual had contact with swine at their home farm.

The Indiana State Department of Health and local health departments are continuing investigations on the cases. According to the State Board of Animal Health, twenty-nine pigs from the Grant and Hancock county fairs tested positive for influenza.

Human infections with swine influenza are rare but have most commonly occurred after close proximity to live infected pigs. Influenza viruses are not transmitted by eating pork and pork products.

State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D. said, "There's no reason why Hoosiers shouldn't enjoy our county and 4H fairs this summer, but now that we know swine influenza is circulating, it's going to be important to take some extra precautions around the animals." 

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid sources of exposure to the virus. State health officials recommend the following:
·         Wash hands with soap and water before and after petting or touching any animal.
·         Never eat, drink or put anything in your mouth when visiting animal areas and avoid face-to-face contact with animals.
·         People at high risk for flu complications should avoid close contact with swine in the fair setting particularly.

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