When you go to a state or county fair, you're there to have fun with your family.
But now we're hearing about a new strain of the swine flu that's on the rise--and the CDC is pointing fingers at events like these as the cause.
The swine flu is spreading from infected pigs to people. According to the CDC, there are more than 145 new cases this week across the nation, up from 29 last week. Most of these cases are showing up in children, and are fortunately mild. No cases have been reported in Colorado.
This strain of the swine flu so far does not seem to be spreading from person to person, though the CDC has not counted that possibility out. It also doesn't appear to be unusually dangerous, with only two hospitalizations out of all these reported cases. In both instances, the patients recovered and were discharged.
11 News wants to stress that going to the fair is completely safe: just wash your hands really well after coming into contact with any animals, particularly pigs.