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Virus detected in animal at Winneshiek County Fair; what you need to know

WINNESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) – Winneshiek County Public Health wants the public to be aware of an animal disease that has been detected at the county fair in the goat and sheep barn.

The ORF virus, also known as Sore Mouth Infection, has been detected in one of the animals in that particular barn.  Those who were in the barn at any point July 8th through the 11th are being asked to look out for the following symptoms: mild fever, fatigue and localized swelling of lymph nodes.

ORF may be spread to other animals through feeding, staying dormant often and becoming evident when the animal is sick or stressed.  Additionally, animals may be a carrier without any symptoms.

More concerning, it may also be spread to humans. “This occurs mainly if you have broken skin that comes into contact with the virus from infected animals or contaminated equipment,” according to their release.  If a human is infected, it typically stays on the top layer of skin.

Abby Turpin

Evening Anchor

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