The 2013 Ingham County Fair runs from Monday, July 29th-Saturday, Aug. 3rd in Mason, MI. As you and your family and friends enjoy the rides, exhibits, food and drink, and special events, keep in mind a few basic recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in regards to H3N2v. This information can help prevent illnesses associated with animals in public settings. This fair season, CDC is monitoring the occurrence of influenza caused by a specific H3N2 influenza virus that has been found in both people and pigs in a number of states.
CDC Recommendations for the Public:
- Persons who are at high risk for influenza complications2 should avoid exposure to pigs and swine barns at fairs this year.
- Persons engaging in activities that may involve swine contact at fairs should wash their hands frequently with soap and running water before and after exposure to animals; avoid eating or drinking in animal areas; and avoid close contact with animals that look or act ill. For additional information, please see http://www.cdc.gov/flu/swineflu/h3n2v-fairs-factsheet.htm.
- Patients with influenza-like illness who are at high risk for influenza complications2 should see their health care provider promptly to determine if treatment with antiviral medications is warranted.
- Patients who experience influenza-like symptoms following direct or close contact with pigs and who seek medical care should inform their health care provider about the exposure.
2This includes persons with certain underlying chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or neurological conditions, pregnant women, and persons younger than 5 years, older than 65 years of age, or who have weakened immune systems. For additional information on persons at increased risk for influenza complications, please see http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm.