280 Ohio Hogs Destroyed After Testing Positive for H3N2
Exhibitors at the Clinton County Fair in Wilmington, Ohio faced a difficult situation earlier this week. After at least one animal tested positive for H3N2 swine flu, the barn was quarantined and all 280 hogs were removed from the fairgrounds on Friday morning.
Fair officials said one of the hogs had a fever, and tests came back positive for swine flu. The hog barn was then off-limits, with only breeders and exhibitors allowed in. Officials would then disinfect the barn to make sure the virus doesn’t spread. No human cases of swine flu have been reported.
“It's been a hard day, got a lot of kids that have (a) gilt or barrow or whatever that we were going to retain and now they've got to be slaughtered. It's very unfortunate,” hog breeder Joey Johnson said. “At the end of the day, we have to ensure the end user is getting a healthy product, and we do that.”
The situation at the Clinton County Fair is a prime example of how livestock exhibitors and breeders hold the highest regard for public health and safety. While no one likes to see so many animals sent to slaughter prematurely, it’s an unfortunate reality when dealing with such a serious disease.