|All the pigs at the Minnesota State Fair apparently looked healthy like this little guy.|
Nonetheless, on Tuesday, an expert in infectious diseases at the University
of Minnesota called on the fair to cancel the pig exhibit rather than
risk what could result in a pandemic flu virus. Still, state and federal health officials said the risk is low.
Health officials have, however, created signs that will outline precautions fairgoers can take.
Fairgoers should not eat, drink or put anything in their mouths while in animal exhibit areas, and should also wash their hands with soap and water after any exposure to animals, according to the MDH.
Those at high risk for flu complications -- children under age 5, people age 65 and older, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems -- are advised not to enter the Swine Barn.