FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) - Officials with the Hancock County Fair are taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of swine flu at the fair.
The virus can only be transmitted by contact with an infected animal, so fair officials are putting up extra signs reminding fairgoers to wash hands before and after visiting the pig barn, and before eating. Extra hand sanitizer stations are also being set up in the swine area of the fairgrounds.
Officials say the swine area is separated from the rest of the fair. So, even if there is a case of swine flu, fairgoers who do not enter the pig barn and touch pigs have nothing to worry about.
"It's very self contained in that area it isn't like they're through the whole entire fair grounds they're in one isolated area," said David Thomas, Hancock County Fair operations manager.
Leaders also stress that there is no danger in eating pork meat.
"There is absolutely no carry over to the meat and the pork that you buy at the store or eat at the fairgrounds it's perfectly safe," said Thomas.
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