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3 cases of swine flu reported at Minnesota State Fair

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

A new strand of swine flu for humans has infected three people who spent time in the swine barn at the Minnesota State Fair.

All three are doing just fine, and two of the three had pre-existing health conditions that may have made the flu harder for them to fight off.

The state health department says they are not nervous about people going into the barn, but they do say people with pre-existing conditions, kids under five years old and people over 65 should really think about skipping the swine barn this year.

One thing all three cases had in common is that they all spent multiple hours inside the barn.

One was a teenager who was showing a pig at the fair, the other was a woman in her 70s whose grandchildren were showing pigs at the fair, and the elementary-school-aged boy also had a relative showing pigs. Only the woman in her 70s had to be hospitalized.

Plenty of people were still visiting the swine fair Friday night at the fair, but one couldn't miss the warning signs up to help protect people from catching  the swine flu.

The flu is contracted by being around infected pigs and then touching ones eyes, nose or mouth.

This is a milder case than the swine flu most remember as H1N1.

Earlier this week, two pigs found to be sick were removed from the fairgrounds. It is not known if all three people who got sick came in contact with those pigs.

The health department does expect more cases of swine flu to be reported. If someone comes down with flu-like symptoms, they can go to a doctor who can draw and test blood to determine the strain of flu.

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