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Recent cases of flu in SLO County confirmed to have originated in pigs

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(UPDATE 5 p.m.) - The California Mid-State Fair is launching a review of its health procedures related to its livestock exhibits after a couple of recent cases of influenza A were linked back to a pig at the fair.

Mid-State Fair CEO Michael Bradley says it's the first known incident of animal-related infections affecting humans at the fair.

The fair says, among other procedures, its biosecurity protocols for the animal exhibits include:

  • "A qualified veterinarian present on the fairgrounds for the duration of all animal events, monitoring for clinical signs, evaluating sick animals, and proactively ensuring that animals showing signs of illness are treated appropriately or removed promptly from the facilities."
  • "Informational signs posted in areas where animals and humans may come into contact that caution attendees about the presence of bacteria in animals and encourage hand


  • "Strategically located hand-washing stations in all areas where animals and humans come into contact."
  • "Cleaning and disinfecting all barns and exhibit facilities before and after every exhibition."

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department has confirmed that two recent cases of the flu in San Luis Obispo County are variant influenza A (H1N2v) infections, a type of flu that spreads among pigs.

Health officials say the patients had brief illnesses and have since recovered.  
Flu viruses that spread among pigs are occasionally transmitted to people who have close contact with pigs. In these local cases, health officials say the patients had extended contact with pigs at the California Mid-State Fair, where a pig infected with influenza A was present.

Health officials add that the flu cannot be transmitted by eating pork, and when the virus is transmitted from a pig to a person, it generally does not spread widely to other people and infections are usually mild.

The fair ended on July 29, and the health department says no new cases from contact with pigs at the fair are expected.

Still, those who had contact with pigs at the fair are urged to be alert for symptoms of the flu, including fever, cough, sore throat, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting, and diarrhea. Symptoms usually start about one to four days after being exposed and last two to seven days.

Anyone who seeks medical attention for the flu and has had extended contact with pigs is urged to tell their health care provider about that contact. 

County health officials say the California Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture have been informed of this flu investigation. 

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