Swine flu linked to state fair

Swine flu linked to state fair

With no reports of swine flu in our area, the same cannot be said for the rest of the state.

A swine flu virus has been linked to the Ohio State Fair. This most recent case brings the total number of confirmed cases of swine flu in humans to 15 this summer here in the Buckeye state.

The Ohio Department of Health says there are 14 cases so far in Butler County. All have been tied to the southwest Ohio county's fair that ended in late July. The other case is a Clark County resident who was at the state fair in Columbus.

Officials say the current strain of the virus is similar to a seasonal flu that responds quickly to treatment. There have been no reports of hospitalizations in any of the cases.

They also say the Ohio cases were spread from infected hogs to humans. The Ohio Department of health urges precautions, make sure to wash your hands after contact with farm animals.

Do you worry about swine flu, bird flu or any other flu?