H3N2 Swine Flu confirmed in pig at Clinton County Fair

Ohio: H3N2 Swine Flu confirmed in pig at Clinton County Fair

Ohio: H3N2 Swine Flu confirmed in pig at Clinton County Fair

OH state officials confirmed today that at least two pigs tested positive for swine flu and ordered the slaughter of nearly 300 hogs at a country fair in Clinton County. There are no human cases at this time. On Thursday, a fairground official confirmed that more than one case of H3N2 swine flu was reported at the barn.

Almost 280 hogs sent to the fair to compete had been removed from the fairgrounds by Friday morning.

The Clinton County Fair Board said it's working with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Clinton County Agricultural Society, and several local and state health officials to stop the spread of the disease among the county's pig population. One of the hogs had a fever, and the test came positive for the swine flu. "July 13, additional animals in the barn showed clinical signs of illness and out of an abundance of caution to the general public and Ohio's livestock population, ODA placed a quarantine on the hog barn".

Officials also will disinfect the barn to make sure the virus doesn't spread.

The statement also said that only exhibitors and their parents were allowed into the building.

Adults over age 65, children under year old, people with compromised immune systems (due to a disease such as AIDS), pregnant women, people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes mellitus, or neuromuscular disease, have a higher risk of becoming seriously infected with swine flu.

Swin flu is most common to infect people in the fair, pigs are more exposed to them.

Hog breeder Joey told WLWT, "It's been a hard day, got a lot of kids that have (a) gilt or barrow or whatever that we were going to retain and now they've got to be slaughtered".

The Clinton County Fair remains open to the public.

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