Thousands are expected at the Maryland State Fair when it comes to Timonium on Aug. 24.National and local health experts are urging fairgoers to be extra diligent when it comes to pigs.
To many, pigs at the state fair are a joy to watch and show, but the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reports an increase in the number of swine flu infections in the United States. Although no cases have been reported in Maryland, Howard County Health Department's Dr. Peter Beilenson said there is a tie in.
"Almost all of that is related to touching pigs at the state and county fairs, so since this is the state and county fair season here in Maryland, as well as around the country, we thought we would put out an alert just to make sure people enjoy the fair but avoid touching pigs," Beilenson said.
So far, there have been 29 cases of the H3N2V virus, and they have been limited to Hawaii, Oh