Arnold: State Fair patrons should be aware, not fearful of swine flu
Simple precautions should reduce swine flu risk to fair goers.
Those going to this year's Kentucky State Fair should take common-sense precautions to avoid swine flu, according to U of L epidemiologist Dr. Forest Arnold.
Kentucky State Fair patrons should be aware but not fearful of contracting swine flu, provided they adhere to some common-sense precautions, says University of Louisville epidemiologist and assistant professor of medicine Forest Arnold, D.O., M.Sc., of the U of L Division of Infectious Diseases.
More than 160 cases of swine flu have been reported in Indiana and Ohio. In Kentucky, no cases have been reported, but veterinarians are refusing entry of pigs with symptoms such as coughing, sneezing or labored breathing into the state fair in Louisville, which starts Thursday (Aug. 16).
All cases of the current strain of swine flu – known as "H3N2v" – appear to be the variant strain that is able to spread from pigs to humans.
"This indicates it is not very contagious and does not transmit person-to-person well, but it is possible," Arnold said.