An outbreak of H3N2 Swine Flu has been reported in the Clinton County Fair in Ohio. While there are no human cases yet, people have been cautioned to keep their distance from hogs. By Friday morning last week, all swine had been removed from the fair and the Clinton County Fair Board, teamed up with Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Clinton County Agricultural Society, and local and state health officials have started its efforts to further stop the spread of the disease.

On July 12, a Swine at the Clinton County Fair was reported to be infected with the H3N2 Swine Flu, a disease that is capable of being transferred between animals and humans. The morning of July 13 saw more animals in the barn getting sick and the Ohio Department of Agriculture placed a quarantine on the barn, isolating the pigs from other animals at the fair, allowing only the parents and exhibitors into the barn.

Swine Flu is a viral disease that can be transferred between pigs and humans through droplets when the infected pig’s cough or sneeze. From 2009 to 2010, a pandemic outbreak of the H1N1 Swine Flu had caused the WHO to raise the influenza pandemic alert to a level 6 and around 500,000 people died because of it.

Dr. Terry Holten, the Clinton County Health District Medical Director, advised people who came in contact with swine and experiencing flu-like symptoms to consult their medical examiner. He included many people in a high-risk zone like children under the age of 5 years, pregnant women, people with health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart diseases, and old people above the age of 65 years.

While the Clinton County Fair remains open to the public, the swine have been isolated to a barn and all visitors to the fair are advised to wash their hands after petting animals and eating food. Sanitization stations were made available throughout the fairgrounds. All the swine in the fair are to be sent to a slaughterhouse, not allowed to return to their home farm by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

 

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