Wed., August 22, 2012 11:45am (EDT)

Officials Warn About Swine Flu, Fairs
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Officials are concerned about a new strain of swine flu. (H1N1 pictured. The new strain is called H3N2v.) Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said in a statement people should wash their hands after being near pigs or touching the animals. Black said there's no reason to stay away from fairs, but he urged people to take precautions. (Photo Courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)
Officials are concerned about a new strain of swine flu. (H1N1 pictured. The new strain is called H3N2v.) Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said in a statement people should wash their hands after being near pigs or touching the animals. Black said there's no reason to stay away from fairs, but he urged people to take precautions. (Photo Courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)
State agriculture and health officials are warning Georgians to take safety precautions while attending state fairs and other events this fall due to human infections from a flu virus normally found in pigs.

Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said in a statement people should wash their hands after being near pigs or touching the animals.

Black said there's no reason to stay away from fairs, but he urged people to take precautions.

On Aug. 17, the Centers for Disease Control announced that 225 cases of H3N2v infection from a new strain of swine flu had been reported in the U.S. during 2012. Cases have been reported in Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Illinois. No deaths have been reported as a result of H3N2v.