Local Fair Attendees Cautioned to Watch for Signs of Swine Flu

Michigan health officials are urging people to take the proper steps to avoid getting the swine flu at local fairs.

The swine flu is a respiratory disease found in pigs that have type A influenza viruses.

It usually doesn’t infect people, but it can happen. A 2009 strain called H1N1 infected many people around the world.

The illness is most common among children.

Health officials say to avoid eating or drinking while in livestock barns or show arenas.

Symptoms are similar to the seasonal flu bug and include fever, sore throat or trouble breathing.