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Health department confirms swine flu at family fair

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Published: Jul. 29, 2019 at 3:32 AM EDT
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As another local county fair is set to open Monday, health officials say swine flu has been confirmed at a state fair.

The

says pigs at the Fowlerville Family Fair tested positive for the infection.

The fair ran from last Monday through Saturday, July 27.

The Health Department says the animals showed signs of the virus on Thursday.

Test results confirmed the infection Friday.

The health department says the pigs were removed from the fairgrounds.

Currently, there are no reports of anyone getting sick.

Earlier this month, the state health department warned people about swine flu at county and local fairs.

Symptoms of

are similar to seasonal flu including fever, cough, runny nose, body aches, and nausea.

Symptoms typically happen within three days of exposure, but can sometimes take over a week to show up.

Health officials say you should stay away from people who are sick, wash your hands, cover your mouth, don't eat or drink in livestock barns, and anyone with weak immune systems should stay away from the animals all together.

Health officials say anyone who was exposed to the pigs at the Fowlerville Family Fair last week that begin showing symptoms needs to go see their doctor immediately.

There are hand washing stations near the barns at the Ingham County Fair in Mason.

Monday is the first day of the fair.

It opens at 4 p.m.

The fair runs through Saturday.

The Michigan State Fair LLC is watching the swine influenza situation in the state.

"We will be working with the State Veterinarian’s office to safeguard the public and the animals attending the fair," they told NEWS 10. "Our fair veterinarian will be monitoring the health of the animals on exhibition."

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Below are some steps you can take to protect yourself and prevent the spread of any illness:

 Avoid close contact with sick people.

 Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it and wash your hands.

 Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcoholbased hand rub.

 Refrain from eating or drinking in livestock barns or show rings.

 Do not take toys, pacifiers, cups, baby bottles, strollers, or similar items into pig areas.

 Anyone who is at high risk of serious flu complications and is planning to attend a fair should avoid pigs and swine barns.

 Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.

 If you are sick, stay home from work or school until your illness is over.

 Avoid contact with pigs if you have flu-like symptoms. Wait seven days after your illness started or until you have been without fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, whichever is longer.

 Get an annual influenza vaccination.