A researcher at The Ohio State University is conducting a multi-state study testing for flu among pigs at fairs as swine infected with a flu virus were confirmed at two recent county fairs in Ohio.
Andrew Bowman, a veterinarian with Ohio State’s Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, has found that, on average, one out of every four fairs he attends every year has at least one pig infected with the Influenza A Virus Infecting Swine (IAV-S). Some of the infected pigs don’t show clinical signs of the illness when they’re tested.
The influenza A virus can infect pigs as well as other animals and people. When one case is discovered at a fair, more often than not, several cases are found at the same fair, said Bowman.
Bowman is little more than halfway through his seven-year study involving 100 county and state fairs in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana as well as a handful in Iowa, Kentucky and West Virginia.… Continue reading