Tony Forshey, state veterinarian of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, will be at the Fulton County Fair, Saturday, Sept. 1, said Carl Buehrer, director of the Fulton County Fair Board.
Buehrer said prior to the annual swine show, Forshey will talk to exhibitors about concerns over the H3N2v infl uenza.
Illnesses caused by the H3N2v virus have become an issue as people have become ill after attending or participating in swine competitions at the Ohio State Fair, and several county fairs.
The H3N2v virus can be transmitted between pigs and humans, and vice-versa.
Buehrer said Fulton County
Fair officials are taking steps to prevent transfer of the virus, including posting additional warning signs and providing hand-washing stations near animal exhibit areas.
Additionally, Buehrer said there will be a veterinarian on the fairgrounds most of the time.
“He’s got his instructions from the state: any sign of problems (with a pig), he’ll send the animal home.”