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Hog precaution no reason for alarm at Whitley Co. 4-H Fair

July 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Precautions taken at this year's Whitley County 4-H fair regarding swine flu (H1N1) is nothing to be alarmed about, fair officials say.

Hogs will not be arriving at the fairgrounds until Monday as part of a precaution issued by the Indiana Board of Animal Health, but Fair Board President Cathy Heritier said fair-goers have nothing to be afraid of.

"As with anything else involving animals, it is important to wash hands and use hand sanitizer after handling animals — no different than visiting the zoo," Heritier said.

Extra precautions were taken after research showed that swine flu has a 72-hour incubation duration, according to Dave Addison, of the Whitley County Extension Office.

Moving hogs into the fairgrounds on Monday will help deter any chance of the swine flu hitting Whitley County 4-H fairgrounds.

But even if it does, Heritier said symptoms are minimal — similar to the common flu.

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