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State fair officials: Got the flu? Stay home

Posted October 8, 2009 10:31 p.m. EDT
Updated October 9, 2009 2:05 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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.