Ky. State Fair makes plans to keep swine flu out of the state

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by Chelsea Rabideau/AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 9 at 9:57 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky – The Kentucky State Fair is right around the corner. Set up is underway at the fairgrounds and pens are ready for pigs. But, there is one visitor organizers are doing everything they can to keep out. It’s called H3N2v and it’s a never-before-seen strain of the swine flu. It’s been circulating in Ohio and Indiana, popping up at county fairs.

Amanda Storment with the Kentucky State Fair says a vet will need to give each and every pig a clean bill of health before they’re allowed into the fair. They’re also encouraging people to keep food and drink out of the barns and wash their hands frequently.

In Washington County, Indiana, 21 people have confirmed cases of H3N2v. That brings the state total to 120.

The symptoms are similar to those seen with seasonal flu and last three to eight days. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, nausea and diarrhea, and may last anywhere from three to eight days.

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