Veterinarians will be watching for evidence of swine flu during this year's Kentucky State Fair as health officials nationwide have reported a five-fold increase of a new strain of the flu that spreads from pigs to people.
State veterinarians will staff the swine pavilion and visually inspect all swine. Animals that are coughing, sneezing or have labored breathing will be isolated and tested.
Fair Board President Harold Workman says the fair is prepared for the slightest sign of an outbreak and the public will be notified immediately if swine flu is found.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say cases of swine flu have jumped from 29 to 158 in one week.
The fair opens next Thursday