IN confirms 5 cases of flu in people who had contact with pigs

Aug 3, 2012

Five cases of flu have been confirmed in Hoosiers who have had direct contact with pigs.

The Indiana Department of Health reports testing is underway on other possible cases, and statewide monitoring of flu activity is underway.

Health officials are taking precautions at the Indiana State Fair, which runs through August 19, by testing all pigs before they’re allowed onto the fairgrounds.

A call center will open Friday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. to answer questions regarding influenza infection. Beginning August 6, the call center will be open from 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The call center telephone number is (877) 826-0011.

To avoid influenza and other respiratory infections, Hoosiers are reminded to follow these simple practices:

·         Wash your hands frequently, including before and after touching animals.

·         Never eat, drink, or put anything in your mouth when visiting animal areas. 

·         Older adults, pregnant women, young children, and people with weakened immune systems should be extra careful around animals. 

·         Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow. 

·         If possible, avoid contact with those who are ill. 

·         Stay home if you develop influenza symptoms and contact your health care provider. 

Additional information regarding influenza can be found at the Indiana State Department of Health website.