Vets to watch for swine flu at Ky. State Fair

Vets to watch for swine flu at Ky. State Fair

Vets to watch for swine flu at Ky. State Fair

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by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 10 at 10:26 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- State veterinarians will be watching for evidence of swine flu during this year's Kentucky State Fair as health officials nationwide have reported a five-fold increase of a new strain of the flu that spreads from pigs to people.

The state fair says in a news release Friday that the vets will staff the swine pavilion and visually inspect all swine. 

Animals that are coughing, sneezing or have labored breathing will be isolated and tested. 

Harold Workman, president and CEO of the Kentucky State Fair Board, says the fair is prepared for the slightest sign of an outbreak and the public will be notified immediately if swine flu is found.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said cases of swine flu jumped from 29 to 158 in one week.
 

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