Flu Outbreak Concerns Arise At The Monroe County Fair

The swine barn is closed after a number of pigs started showing flu symptoms. Several people who came into contact with the pigs are also being tested.

Health officials say they are waiting on test results after a number of pigs began showing symptoms of influenza A. People who came into contact with the pigs at the fair and were showing symptoms are also being tested. In the meantime, the Monroe County Fair swine barn has been closed.

The State Board of Health and the Monroe County Fair veterinarian were called in to assist with the screenings. According to the Monroe County Health Department, those results are not expected for several days.

Influenza A usually does not affect humans, but it is common among pigs. According to health officials, it can be transmitted from pigs to humans if they are in close proximity to each other. It cannot, however, be spread to humans through the consumption of pork.

Symptoms are similar to regular seasonal flu — fever, nausea, loss of appetite. The Health Department is encouraging everyone to take precautions including washing hands and not eating around animals.

The Monroe County Fair began July 28. The Health Department says anyone who’s had direct contact with the swine and is experience flu-like symptoms should contact their doctor.

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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