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Swine Flu Leads To Slaughter Of 50 Hogs At Franklin County Fair

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State officials say nearly 50 hogs at the Franklin County Fair were removed for slaughter after at least two animals tested positive for swine flu.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture says the hogs were removed from the fairgrounds in Hilliard on Wednesday for slaughter. The Franklin County Agricultural Society said Thursday that livestock areas have been disinfected and no swine flu was present on the fairgrounds.

State officials last week ordered 300 hogs slaughtered after the discovery of at least two swine flu cases at the Clinton County Fair.

Agriculture Department spokesman Mark Bruce says the two incidents weren't related and involved different strains of influenza.

Bruce says the meat will also be safe to eat.

"Once the animal’s temperature goes down they are able to be processed as normal," Bruce says.

Bruce says fair officials did a "fantastic" job of monitoring animals.

He said viruses have an easier time infecting the animals when the weather is hot and humid.