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Monroe County Officials Confirm Swine Barn Flu In Humans


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A pig rests at the Indiana State Fair, which is taking precautions this year because of possible flu outbreaks.

Monroe County Health Department officials now confirm two people who were in contact with pigs at the county fair have developed a strain of influenza.  The strain of influenza A the people contracted is believed to have done something rare — transferred from the swine to the humans.

Health department officials had earlier dismissed all the swine from the bard in which they were kept at the fair and are now suggesting that the two infected people begin courses of treatment.  Health officials say there’s no sign yet that the virus has spread from person to person.

Meanwhile, on the recommendation of the Board of Health, the Indiana State Fair has dismissed most of the animals from its swine barn one day earlier than scheduled. Six pigs in the 4-H show developed temperatures over 105 degrees–an indicator of potential illness.

Samples have been submitted to the Purdue Animal Diagnostic Laboratory but results will not be available for several days. State Fair visitors still have access to the Swine Barn.


Network Indiana contributed to this report.

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