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    Influenza outbreak leads to slaughter of pigs at Franklin County Fair
    By Marion Renault
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Posted at 2:29 PM Updated at 5:43 PM

    After at least two hogs tested positive for swine influenza, almost 50 pigs on exhibit at the Franklin County Fair were removed Wednesday evening for slaughter.

    ?The Ohio Department of Agriculture was contacted immediately and every protocol was followed,? the post said. ?Anyone coming to the fairgrounds can feel comfortable that the grounds are safe.?

    Organizers say it was the first appearance of swine flu ? in this case, H1N1 ? at the Franklin County Fair in recent history.

    All 48 pigs removed from the fairground were destined for a slaughter facility eventually, said Ohio Department of Agriculture spokesman Mark Bruce. They will be processed for market by Friday morning, he said, and the meat will be safe to eat...

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    State Fair on "high alert" after swine flu outbreak
    by Ben Garbarek
    Friday, July 21st 2017

    COLUMBUS, OHIO ? The Ohio State Fair hasn't officially started but already some of the animals have arrived. Fair officials said they're going to be keeping a close eye on the animals after an outbreak of swine flu last week.

    Three hundred pigs had to be slaughtered in Clinton County after two of them tested positive for swine flu. Forty-eight pigs were put down Thursday in Franklin County.

    "We have to sanitize the barns in between different types of animals," said Alicia Shoults with the Ohio State Fair. "We have to make sure there's a lot of coordination going into which animals are coming in, which animals are leaving at which time because it's a big job."

    Twenty thousand animals from across the Midwest will be at the fair. Shoults said veterinarians would be checking out the animals to see if any of them show signs of being sick. Any animals who were at another fair within a week won't be invited to the State Fair...