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Swine Flu Hits County Fair

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Ohio State officials have ordered the slaughter of nearly 300 hogs after at least two animals tested positive for swine flu.

WLWT-TV reports that on Thursday, July 13th, a Clinton County fair representative confirmed hogs tested positive for the disease and would be slaughtered.

An Ohio Department of Agriculture spokesman said Friday, July 14th, that the fair will disinfect the barn and its contents to stop any spread of the virus. Department spokesman Mark Bruce says any equipment inside the barn will be released to owners after disinfection.

Hog breeder Joey Johnson says it's been difficult, especially for children whose animals will be slaughtered.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says when humans are infected with swine flu it's typically transmitted by prolonged exposure to hogs at agricultural fairs.

Fair officials said they will disinfect the barn and its contents. They will not destroy everything inside the barn.

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