North Idaho Fair workers taking precautions against swine flu

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by CHRIS NGUYEN & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 24, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 24 at 6:21 PM


COEUR D’ALENE,  Idaho -- A surge in Swine Flu cases across the U.S. forced changes this year at the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo.

Workers added portable hand wash stations and hand sanitizer stands throughout the fairgrounds. Organizers encourage visitors to use both to stop the flu strain from spreading.

"They're all spread out and specifically around those areas where we have our livestock," said Fair Manager Chris Holloway.

The recent Swine Flu outbreaks did not stop visitors from petting the pigs. Most families said they were satisfied with the information given to them by fair officials.

"They have signs out, letting us know what's going on. So, I just feel like they've been very clean, and the right precautions are being taken," said Andrea Nead of Spokane Valley.

Local doctors at Kootenai Kids Pediatrics also warned patients about the virus.

Pediatrician Kenneth Akey said the most at risk people are kids younger than five years old and adults older than 65. People suffering from chronic illnesses, diabetes, lung disease, or immune problems are also at risk.

Students from local 4-H programs will monitor the pigs throughout the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo. Students watch for any potential flu-like symptoms.

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