NC Fairgoers Urged To Wash Hands To Protect Pigs

After years of advising fairgoers in North Carolina to wash their hands to protect themselves from animal-borne illnesses, officials have issued an advisory to protect livestock from getting sick.

The state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on
Tuesday issued a warning to 2009 fair patrons to wash their hands
to prevent the spread of human-borne illnesses to pigs, specifically the H1N1 virus more commonly known as the swine flu.

Fairgoers are asked to avoid the fair if they are exhibiting any flu-like symptoms, and especially stay away from any animal exhibits.

Veterinary officials also recommend that fair managers add a
6-foot barrier around any swine exhibits to further separate humans
from animals.

The State Fair runs October 15th through the 25th.

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  • by Bon Location: Disappearing Country on Aug 4, 2009 at 11:17 PM
    Agreed MrT. I pity the fool who don't agree with MrT! I agree with all your comments.
  • by voter Location: nc on Aug 4, 2009 at 08:29 PM
    will rodell vereen be there and will he be on his meds??
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 4, 2009 at 06:28 PM
    I'm all for protecting the pigs. Now if they were liberal Dumbocrats, I'd say don't waste the water to wash your hands. They aren't worth protecting.

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