There's a new strain of swine flu in Illinois. Health officials say a child who attended the Coles County Fair has been infected with the new strain but has not been hospitalized. Most cases of swine flu surface after humans come in contact with pigs. Officials urge anyone who comes into contact with pigs or any other animal to wash their hands frequently in order to ward off the illness. People should also be careful not to take any food or drinks around animals.
The illness is spread when droplets of an infected person or animal coughs or sneezes. Those droplets can either be inhaled or can even be on a surface that you touch with your hand, and then touch your mouth or nose. Symtoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, and fatigue. Those attending the state fair over the next ten days will see extra hand washing stations across the grounds.