Swine Exhibits Canceled at Cuyahoga County Fair

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COLUMBUS –The Cuyahoga County Fair board has canceled all swine related exhibits at this year’s fair.

The decision comes as a precaution after several swine flu illnesses were linked to swine exhibits at other Ohio county fairs.

The Centers for Disease Control increased the confirmed Influenza A variant H3N2–also known as swine flu–case total to 15 Ohioans. The Ohio Department of Health announced the findings Monday.

So far 14 cases have been linked to the Butler County Fair in Butler County, Ohio and another case linked to the Ohio State Fair in Clark County, Ohio. The CDC says those with the virus are between the ages of 3 and 36 years old, and none of the cases have resulted in hospitalization.

The Ohio Department of Health encourages health care providers throughout the state to test everyone with flu-like symptoms. The ODH also encourages humans who have come in contact with any animal to wash their hands with soap and water, do not eat or drink in animal area, avoid close contact with animals that look or act sick and seek medical attention for flu-like symptoms.

More information is available from the ODH here.