There have been several stories in the news lately about people becoming infected with H3N2v influenza after attending state fairs. In Indiana, 129 cases have been reported; Ohio has 31 cases; and several other states are taking precautions at their state fairs, such as installing handwashing stations, to prevent infections.
It’s important to remember that good hygiene goes a long way toward preventing the spread of disease. While coming in contact with livestock isn’t inherently dangerous, if you’re going to a fair where livestock will be on display, you should wash your hands immediately before and after you’re near animals. Doing this and taking additional precautions can keep you and your family healthy.
On our website, the AVMA has a page about H3N2v that offers precautions and details groups that should avoid contact with livestock. The page also includes resources from the CDC and National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV).