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Health department warns fairgoers of risks of contact with pigs

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The Vanderburgh County Fair is underway this week.  

Thousands will be visiting the 4-H Fairgrounds throughout the week, and the health department has a warning for visitors who come in contact with some of the livestock.

Hundreds have been filtering in and out to get a good look at cows, goats, rabbits, and pigs. It's those pigs that are a concern for the health department. Officials tell us you do run the risk of getting the swine flu, if you aren't careful.

The health department's Denise Cory says the swine flu virus has been detected in some of Indiana's hogs this year. There have been reported cases of the swine flu in humans in Indiana, as a result of contact with the animals at other county fairs.

The health department has listed some ways to avoid the swine flu on their website, including keeping away from the swine barn while you eat, and washing your hands after contact with the animals.

Cory also says you can inhale the swine flu virus by simply being near the pigs and that there are certain people who should avoid the swine barn altogether.

"There are certain people that we would recommend, actually, stay out of the barns. That would be any children under five, pregnant women, anyone over 65, and anyone of any age with any chronic illnesses," Cory said.

Cory also mentioned fair officials here are closely monitoring the health of the pigs and will report any detection of the virus in the animals should it arise.

It's important to note that you cannot get the virus through any of the cooked pork products here. So, if you want to eat a pork sandwich out here, you have nothing to worry about.

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