Two pigs have been removed from the Ohio State Fairgrounds because they have the swine flu virus. The sick pigs were sent to a Clark County farm for treatment. Although it is rare, the swine flu virus can be passed from pigs to humans.
The State Department of Agriculture has been keeping a close watch on the fair because of the recent swine flu outbreak from the pigs at the Butler County Fair. There was a similar outbreak in Indiana recently as well.
Fairgoers are being advised to take extra precautions around the pigs by thoroughly washing their hands after handling or petting the animals. The Ohio Expo Commission moved additional hand sanitation stations to the swine barns.