Health department confirms swine flu at family fair

LANSING, MI. (WILX) -- As another local county fair is set to open Monday, health officials say swine flu has been confirmed at a state fair.

The Livingston County Health Department 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 swine flu 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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