August 8, 2012
MASON COUNTY — Some reported cases of the swine flu have come about in the last week and those with the Mason County Health Department and the Mason County Fair are working to prevent it from continuing.
It was reported the Mason County Health Department has been working very closely with Fair Board President, Benny Hoffman, to take every precaution possible, in order to keep the the Mason County Fair safe and fun for all those attending. Since there have been reports in the community about swine flu cases in the last week, the health department recently met with Hoffman to develop a a plan to prevent any illnesses of fair goers.
Actions that have been taken include the fact that all animals, including swine, have been checked by the WV agricultural department upon arrival of the fair. Signs have been posted in all animal areas to remind fair goers to not eat and drink in animal areas as well as to wash their hands after touching the animals. It was also reported that hand sanitizer stations are posted at both entrances to the hog barn and throughout the fair. Hoffman also met with the owners of the pigs to discuss watching them closely for signs of illness.
If any person shows signs of illness, which include fever, cough, sore throat headache and body aches, and have been around any swine, it was reported they should tell their health provider they have been in contact with swine.
For more information, contact the Mason County Health Department at 304-675-3050.