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IL boy sickened by flu carried by fair pig

Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:24:23 CDT

As people head to the Illinois State Fair, dozens in the US have fallen ill with a new strain of the swine flu. That includes a boy in Illinois who contracted the disease after having contact with a pig at a fair in Coles County. Doctor LaMar Hasbrouck heads the state's department of public health. He says the new version of the flu causes symptoms similar to that of the regular seasonal flu:


"If you are in a high-risk group, meaning someone who would have worse complications from getting any type of flu including seasonal flu, that is the very young, the very old, folks with chronic illnesses, then they might consider just avoiding these areas all together."   

Hasbrouck says everyone who goes to the state fair in Springfield should take precautions and be sure to keep food and drinks away from livestock. Fair officials are monitoring swine and watching for signs of illness.

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