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A swine flu outbreak that broke out at the Charles County Fair has been contained, Maryland agriculture officials say. The virus infected ten Maryland residents who had close contact with pigs at the fair, according to the Maryland Department of Health.
On Tuesday, 107 pigs in the swine exhibition at the fair were quarantined after influenza virus strain H3N2v was detected.
Initially, the state's health department reported on Wednesday that no one became seriously ill or had to be taken to the hospital due to the virus.
However, a FOX 5 viewer said her 8-year-old daughter, who interacted with some pigs at the Charles County Fair, has been hospitalized since Tuesday. Sherrell Taylor told FOX 5 test results for her daughter confirmed she tested positive for swine flu.
"It's just horrible because when she went to the fair, we were so excited and we couldn't wait to go," said Taylor. "So when we went, she was just running through the park really happy and then everything went downhill by Monday."
Maryland health officials say symptoms for this flu strain are the same as seasonal flu, and include fever, sore throat and cough.
Agriculture officials say a final inspection will be conducted later this week to determine if the quarantine on the pigs at the Charles County Fairgrounds will be lifted.
"Upon further epidemiological investigation and ongoing trace backs to previous fairs and shows, the Maryland Department of Agriculture believes the swine influenza outbreak is contained," said Maryland State Veterinarian Dr. Michael Radebaugh. "We have not seen any other evidence of swine influenza anywhere else in the state."
"Within 18 hours of the quarantine order, 47 of the pigs were sent to market. The 60 remaining pigs now appear to be healthy, have a good appetite and are not showing any clinical signs of swine influenza," the Maryland Department of Agriculture said in a news release.
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