The swine barn at the Monroe County Fair in Bloomington closed Tuesday due to threats of swine flu, officials said.
The Monroe County Fair Board and the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service of Monroe County are aware of a potential swine health issue," a Monroe County Fair official said. "We have been in contact with
the Monroe County Health Department and
the Indiana State Veterinary Board of Animal Health.
A spokesperson for the State Board of Animal Health confirmed that the barn closed Tuesday and will not reopen during the remaining days of the fair.
The state said it is too early to say whether the pigs have swine flu, but some animals are showing flu-like symptoms.
The State Board of Animal Health and a Monroe County Fair veterinarian have been screening all the pigs in the Monroe County Fair swine barn.
Results of the tests will not be available for a few days.
Several people who were in contact with the pigs at the fair have had flu-like symptoms and have also been tested for influenza A virus, the Monroe County Health Department said in a news release.
When infected pigs and humans are in close proximity or direct contact, influenza can be transmitted, health officials said. Influenza viruses are not transmitted by eating pork and pork products.
In addition, the state is taking extra measures to make sure pigs coming to the State Fair are not ill.
The Indiana State Department of Health said people should wash their hands with soap and water before and after petting or touching any animal.
Older adults, pregnant women, young children, and people with weakened immune systems should take extra precautions around animals.
Swine owners are encouraged to contact a veterinarian if their animals show any signs of influenza, including coughing, respiratory illness, off-feed and fever.
Health department officials said 17 human cases of variant influenza A virus have been identified nationwide since 2011, six of which were in Indiana.
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