Pig barn will be off limits at State Fair following swine flu case in Jackson County


By Carrie Hodousek, MetroNews (WV)

August 4, 2022


FAIRLEA, W.Va. — Changes will be made to pig exhibits at this year’s State Fair of West Virginia to protect the public from swine flu.


State Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt said on Thursday’s MetroNews “Talkline” the fair, which starts this time next week, will close off the swine barn after a person who attended the Jackson County Fair last week tested positive for swine flu.


“From a human health stand point, we don’t need to worry about shutting down the pigs, but what we’re going to do is close the barn off. We’re not going to allow the general public into the swine barn,” he said.


Last week, the state Department of Health and Human Resources was alerted that half a dozen pigs in Jackson County were sick.


“We got wind that we had some sick pigs break out with fever and cough late on Thursday (July 28). At that time, the Jackson County Health Department and the (state) Department of Agriculture closed the barn to the public for the remainder of the fair,” said Shannon McBee, state epidemiologist with the DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health.


McBee told MetroNews affiliate WMOV Radio in Ravenswood Thursday that lead to the testing of three individuals. At least one of those tests came back as a presumptive positive case of H3N2v or swine influenza...