State officials have ordered the slaughter of nearly 300 hogs at the Clinton County Fair after at least two animals tested positive for swine flu.
A fair representative confirmed yesterday that swine flu was found and the hogs would have to be slaughtered.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture says the fair will disinfect the hog barn and its contents to stop any spread of the virus. Department Spokesman, Mark Bruce, says any equipment inside the barn will be released to owners after disinfection.
Hog breeder Joey Johnson tells WLW-TV that it has been difficult, especially for children whose animals will be slaughtered.
The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says when humans are infected with swine flu it's typically transmitted by prolonged exposure to hogs at agricultural fairs.