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    Posted: July 02 2018 at 12:40pm

Pig-To-Human Virus Contracted At County Fair

Monday, July 2nd, 2018 7:07am

Fair exhibit visitors and those who work in pig barns are being advised to take precaution.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) - The Indiana State Department of Health and Indiana Board of Animal Health are warning of the H3N2 flu after the first human has contracted it this year. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one person got the flu after exposure to pigs at a county fair, marking the first influenza case of its type in the Hoosier state since 2013. 

Health officials say people should avoid putting anything in their mouths while in pig barns and should wash hands with soap after attending pig exhibits. 

“Seeing animals is one of the highlights of going to the fair, but it’s important to remember that animals can carry diseases that can make people sick,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box. “Washing your hands after attending animal exhibits and practicing good food hygiene can help prevent illness and ensure that the fair and other events remain a healthy and fun experience.”

The resident who contracted the illness is recovering, the health department said. The county where the illness was recorded is not being released so as to protect the patient’s privacy.

Only 400 cases of H3N2 has been reported nationwide since 2011, but more than a third of them have been in Indiana.

Fair exhibitors are encouraged to watch pigs for signs of illness, such as loss of appetite, lethargy, fever, cough or runny nose. Exhibitors should minimize the number of people who have contact with ill swine and notify the fair veterinarian or manager that their animal might be ill.

For more information about H3N2v, visit the CDC website at


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Promedmail (www.) says that it was first reported 29 Jul 2018: '....Avoid eating, drinking, tobacco, or putting anything else into your mouth while in pig barns and show arenas. Avoid taking toys, pacifiers, cups, bottles, strollers or similar items into pig barns and show arenas....."No additional details about the patient or the fair will be released in order to maintain the patient's privacy," the release said.'

Knowing what farm the pig came from would be helpful to nearby farms in the region. Proven vectors of avian influenza include Passer montanus (Korea), known to fly into chicken barns. Passer montanus was introduced into the United States at St. Louis, Missouri over a century ago.

Mini Japanese Glossary

arena 'ari-na, dohyou, tougijou'

barn 'naya, umaya, kyuusha, chikusha'

bottle 'botoru, bin'

cup 'kappu'

pacifier 'oshaburi'

pig 'buta'

stroller 'bebi-ka'

toy 'gangu' 

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