The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) identified pigs at the Fowlerville Family Fair that tested positive for swine flu. The Fowlerville Fair Board isolated infected pigs to prevent additional exposure. Infected pigs began showing symptoms in the afternoon of Thursday, July 25 and laboratory results were confirmed late Friday afternoon. The fair was scheduled from July 22-July 27. At this time, all pigs have been removed from the fairgrounds and there are no reported human illnesses.

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The Livingston County Health Department (LCHD), in coordination with the Fowlerville Fair Board and
Michigan State University Extension, are reaching out to exhibitors and their families who participated at the Fowlerville Family Fair that may have been in close contact with the infected pigs. The LCHD is also instructing healthcare providers in the area to watch for patients presenting with respiratory symptoms who report exposure to swine or who visited the swine barn. In addition any individuals who attended the fair and were exposed to the pigs who begin to have influenza like symptoms should contact LCHD.

Swine flu can spread quickly between pigs and while rare, can pass to humans through droplets in the air
when sick pigs cough or sneeze. Human symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of seasonal flu and can include fever, cough, runny nose, and sometimes body aches, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Symptoms usually appear within three days of exposure but can occur up to 10 days. Sometimes swine flu causes severe disease even in healthy people, such as pneumonia, which may require hospitalization.
People who are at high risk of developing complications if they get swine flu include children younger
than five years of age, people 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, and people with certain  chronic health disease, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, weakened immune systems, and neurological conditions.

Currently, there is no vaccine for swine flu and the seasonal flu vaccine will not protect against swine flu;
however, antiviral drugs, such as Tamiflu and Relenza, are effective in treating swine flu. These antivirals
are only available through prescription by a healthcare professional. Early treatment works best and may be especially important for people with a high-risk condition. Individuals exposed to the pigs at the fair who begin to show symptoms should see their healthcare provider and inform them of possible exposure.