Health department checking reports of flu-like symptoms in two people at Huron County Fairgrounds
The pig barns at the Huron County Fairgrounds have been closed to the public while the county and state health departments investigate reports of flu-like symptoms in pigs and two people at the fairgrounds, according to a statement faxed from the health department.
Rapid-screening tests have confirmed influenza in an exhibitor and the exhibitor's father, according to a statement faxed to area news outlets.
"At this point, no connection has been medically established between the swine and human cases," Huron County General Health District Administrator Tim Hollinger said in the news release.
According to the county health department, Type A influenza is rarely transmitted from swine to humans and requires direct, extended contact with an infected pig.
Symptoms of influenza, a respiratory infection, include fever, body ache, sore throat and a deep, barking cough; however, the health department cautions other conditions, including seasonal allergies, have the same symptoms.
All fairgoers are reminded to use hand sanitizer and wash hands as often as possible.