Geauga County Fair Sets Swine Flu Precautions

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BURTON, Ohio — Precautions are in place so everyone can have fun at Ohio’s oldest county fair, with no threat of catching the flu.

There has been some concern over the spread of swine flu at fairs across the country, including here in Ohio. But, pigs will be on exhibit at the Great Geauga County Fair, set to open Thursday. 

The H3N2 influenza can spread from swine to humans.  Paul Harris, Secretary of the Great Geauga County Fair said measures are in place to prevent the spread of the disease.  The main thing is to keep your hands clean.

“We have hand sanitizing stations at all our animal exhibits and various areas throughout the grounds.  And, we also have some hand washing stations right outside those barns where people can get cleaned up as soon as they come out of a barn,” Harris said. 

There are also signs posted not to bring food or drink inside the barns where there are animals.  Harris also said all the animals, including the pigs, are checked by inspectors with the Ohio Department of Agriculture before going on display.

The Great Geauga County Fair runs Thursday through Labor Day.  For more information on the fair go to www.GeaugaFair.com.