Two cases of influenza A have been confirmed in local residents by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Livingston County Health Department.
The individuals were apparently exposed to pigs at the Fowlerville Family Fair. The fair took place July 23 through 28, and several pigs from the fair tested positive for swine flu on July 27.
“We are urging those who visited the swine barn at the Fowlerville Fair to monitor their health and follow up with their healthcare provider if they start feeling ill,” said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive. “It can take up to 10 days for symptoms to appear and some individuals can develop serious complications.”
Swine flu symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, body aches, nausea and vomiting. Children under five, adults over 65 and pregnant women are most at risk for complications if diagnosed with swine flu.
Here a few steps to take to protect yourself from the illness:
- Refrain from eating or drinking in livestock barns or show rings.
- Do not take toys, pacifiers, cups, baby bottles, strollers or similar items into pig areas.
- Anyone who is at high risk of serious flu complications and is planning to attend a fair should avoid pigs and swine barns.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Avoid contact with pigs if you have flu-like symptoms.
- If you are sick, stay home from work or school until your illness is over.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it and wash your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Those with health concerns and questions can call the Livingston County Health Department Nurse on Call line at (517) 552-6882.