Swine flu shuts down hog barn at Clinton County Fair

Swine flu shuts down hog barn at Clinton County Fair

CLINTON CO.,OH (FOX19) - The hog barn at the Clinton County Fair was shut down Thursday due to an outbreak of the swine flu.

Officials said a case of H3N2 Swine Flu was confirmed in one hog, but there are no human cases at this time. They said by Friday morning, all swine will have been removed from the fairgrounds.

The Clinton County Fair remains open to the public.

Officials are asking visitors to continue washing their hands after petting animals and before eating, and said sanitizer stations are available throughout the fairgrounds.

What to do if you get sick:

  • Flu symptoms usually include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and sometimes vomiting or diarrhea.
  • If you are at high risk and you get the flu symptoms, call your health care provider. Tell them about your high risk factors and your symptoms. If you have had recent exposure to pigs, tell them that too.
  • If you are not at high risk and you get flu symptoms after exposure to pigs, seek medical care as you normally would.
  • A health care provider can decide whether influenza testing or treatment is needed.
  • These drugs work better the sooner you start them, so seek medical treatment promptly if you get symptoms and are at high risk.

"If you have been in contact with swine and are experiencing signs and symptoms of flu-like illness, please consult your medical provider," Dr. Terry Holten, Clinton County Health District Medical Director said in a news release. "Especially if you are high risk which includes children under 5 years, those with long term health conditions, like asthma and other lung diseases, diabetes, heart disease, weakened immune systems, as well as pregnant women and people 65 years and older."

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