Extra swine precautions at fair

Aug 10, 2012

The Monroe County Fair shut down its swine barn Tuesday after concerns about a potential flu outbreak among the animals and some people.  State Board of Animal Health spokesperson Denise Derrer says it’s not just Monroe County that’s prompted action at the State Fair.

State Veterinarian Bret Marsh says all pigs coming onto the state Fairgrounds this year will have their temperature taken to establish a baseline; any swine with temperatures 105 degrees or higher will be turned away.  And while some people around the state have also shown symptoms of illness, Marsh says it doesn’t appear to be affecting visitors to any fairs.

Marsh says pigs will be regularly monitored throughout the State Fair to ensure the health and safety of the animals and their handlers.