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Hawaii issues warnings about events with pigs

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:55 a.m. HST, Aug 20, 2012

Hawaii's Department of Agriculture is warning the public to be careful when attending fairs or other events where there are pigs.

The department says that in light of a recent Maui confirmation of the H3N2v virus of a person who had close contact with swine, people should take proper hygiene precautions.


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The department's recommendations are for events such as farm fairs, livestock shows and school agriculture programs.

There have been similar warnings after larger outbreaks in other states including Indiana and Ohio.

Those who have chronic medical conditions, those who are pregnant, children under the age of 5 and adults older than 65 should avoid exposure to pigs.

For those who come into contact with swine, they should wash their hands before and after contact.

Properly handled and prepared pork or other products derived from pigs are considered safe.

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