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State fair officials: Got the flu? Stay home

Posted October 8, 2009
Updated October 9, 2009

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— With the spread of the H1N1 flu, N.C. State Fair organizers are working to keep visitors healthy.

“If you have flu-like symptoms, we would appreciate it if you stayed home,” said Brian Long, spokesman for the state Department of Agriculture. “We don’t want you to come out here and spread your germs around.”

The fair starts next Thursday, Oct. 15, and runs until Oct. 25.

“It is like going to a football game everyday for 11 days. You think about the crowds we get out here,” Long said.

State fair officials: Got the flu? Stay home State fair looks to avoid H1N1

Robin Carver, WakeMed's director of infection control, said the best solutions are the easiest.

“Make sure you are coughing into your sleeve or into your elbow, that you are washing your hands frequently,” Carver said.

Hand-washing stations will be placed around the fairgrounds, especially in areas where visitors are allowed to touch animals.

Long said people should plan to wash their hands before and after they eat and see the animals.

Carver said children should get into the habit of washing their hands too, especially at the state fair.

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  • bonnnie Oct 9, 2009

    The State Fair only comes once a year I think that if people have the flu and are up to it they are going to go anyway. Wonder how many will catch the flu at the fair.

  • cary1969 Oct 9, 2009

    oh come on..it's just another mild thing to catch at the fair...

  • allihaveleftischange Oct 9, 2009

    The fair starts next Thursday, Oct. 15, and runs until Oct. 22.

    Good going WRAL news writers the fair is supposed to run Oct. 15 through Oct. 25th guess you couldn't copy it from anywhere huh.

  • 007KnightRider Oct 9, 2009

    Bring on the fair I'm ready to eat!! I have a taste for an Italian sausage w/green peppers, onions and mustard, oh soooo good!!

  • Imagine 722 Oct 9, 2009

    environment*

  • GoGreen Oct 9, 2009

    "chocolate covered bacon"

    Yum, I love the chocolate covered bacon, deep-fried of course.

  • Cricket at the lake Oct 9, 2009

    This head line will single handedly kill the attendance at the State Fair this year. Way to go!

  • Imagine 722 Oct 9, 2009

    I love the fair....... well just the enviroment and the fact that it's in the fall, and some of the music. I love the fried turkey legs, fried snickers, corn, and lemonade. I don't like a lot of the trash that goes there. And the ghetto rides that I refuse to go on because they will probably break. But a date winning a teddy bear, the concerts, the food, and the big slide. Love that. p.s.- Yeah, don't go if you have the flu. Go next year. That's pretty inconsiderate.

  • shadow315 Oct 9, 2009

    Ummm, isn't the flu very mild this year?

  • WXYZ Oct 9, 2009

    Wow! A very ill-advised statement! With this approach, people certainly will stay away. What is worse: spreading or getting the flu or spreading fear and panic. People with the flu won't go to the fair because THEY ARE TOO SICK! Geez, let's be rational! If you are sneezing and coughing your head off, you won't want to go anywhere! The flu is an airborne disease, primarily spread by someone coughing or sneezing in your face or in an enclosed space without good ventilation. The Fair is mostly OUTDOORS, with WIND and SUN...all of which, are factors which will greatly reduce the probability of infection. The FAIR (as any large venue) is ALWAYS been a germ laden event--ask any germophobic. But, the reality is, few if anyone, gets ill from the FAIR, because most of the attendees are strong and healthy enough to stand and walk for hours. So let's all of us keep going to concerts, church, malls, ball games, school etc... THE ONLY THING TO FEAR, IS FEAR ITSELF.

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