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Have the flu? N.C. wants you to stay away from fairs

Posted August 4, 2009

— The state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services wants anyone with flulike symptoms to stay away from county and state fairs this year.

Its reason: to protect the state's $1.9 billion pork industry.

State veterinarian Dr. David Marshall said Tuesday that the H1N1 influenza strain could possibly spread to swine.

State agriculture officials also want fairgoers to use hand-washing stations before and after entering animal exhibits and before eating.

They also want fair managers to add a 6-foot barrier around any swine exhibits and exhibitors to monitor carefully their animals' health while at fairs and when they return to farms.

Fairs across the state have used hand-washing stations in recent years to protect humans from animal-borne illnesses, such as E.coli.

The county fair season runs July through November. The State Fair in Raleigh runs Oct. 15-25.


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  • mramorak Aug 4, 2009

    no worries about that!i stay away anyway.

  • csswisher Aug 4, 2009

    Thinking if I got the flu, I wouldn't be anywhere but my little ol' bed...........

  • batcave Aug 4, 2009

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! are you kidding? Keep the pigs away from the fair! You MUST be joking! Th

    Get a clue pal, how much money do pigs spend when tey go to the fair, the fair is about making money, plenty of other animals to see. You don't getr it and aving worked in healthcare for 29 years you ain't thinkin straight.

  • dugmeister Aug 4, 2009

    yeh - we don't want your business if you have the flu. Tuberculosis? sure, c'mon in. But not the flu. Stay away.

  • Steve Crisp Aug 4, 2009

    The problem with the flu is that you are contagious for 24 to 48 hours before you present with symptoms, and up to four days after you are no longer febrile. So yeah, there will be alot of people attending the various fairs who have the potential of wrecking our pork industry.

  • tooter9565 Aug 4, 2009

    I do not know of many if any people that would be able to journey anywhere out of their home if they really have the flu!
    This sounds so stupid. If you have the flu the only trips you would be able to make are to the bathroom, to get something to drink(if you can keep it down) and to bed.

  • time4real Aug 4, 2009

    I'm going to have the flu then and I'm going to go! Whatcha going to do about it!

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Aug 4, 2009

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! are you kidding? Keep the pigs away from the fair! You MUST be joking! The FAIR is about agriculture! Not for you to feed on candy and ride the rides. Please, keep the ignorance to yourself, thanks. You're probably the coworker that comes into work sick sneezing everywhere and then complain when your other coworkers are out sick because you "had" to "tough it out"

    My Lord.

  • NCSUJB Aug 4, 2009

    Stay away from anywhere but your bed is common sense

  • batcave Aug 4, 2009

    then just keep the pigs away from the fair--problem solved. I had it already , the last thing I thought about was going anywhere.