Officials said there has been an upward trend in the number of confirmed cases of H1N1 over the past six weeks and local hospitals are seeing a daily average of 65 children and 33 adults with flu-like symptoms.With the state fair going on in North Carolina many fear it may be potential breeding ground for viruses, including the H1N1 flu.

There are some simple precautions you can take, though, to avoid the spread of disease.

Carry a bottle of sanitizer for your hands and use it often. Use the hand-washing sinks located around the animal exhibits.

If you’re not vaccinated, watch out for people who are sneezing and coughing and keep at least 6 feet away from them.

The flu vaccine is also available at a tent at the fair.

If you are sick or have been around someone else who has the flu, avoid going into public places, like the office, school or the State Fair.

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