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St. Louis Health Department Adds Steps to Keep Fairgoers Safe

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7/4/11-Scenes from the final day of Fair St. Louis beneath the Gateway Arch. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

7/4/11-Scenes from the final day of Fair St. Louis beneath the Gateway Arch. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Mixed in among the tens of thousands of fairgoers this Independence Day weekend will be members of the St. Louis Health Department, who will be making sure food served up at the fair is safe.

“Its just double checking, to make sure they are adhering to what they already know what to do and should know what to do,” says Pamela Walker, St. Louis Health Director.

“We have never had problems, we’ve never had an outbreak or illnesses associated with it, but we’re there to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Walker says one time a vender lost power overnight and their entire stock of turkey legs had to throw out.

In addition to checking the food, the health department has its bio terrorism unit at the fair, monitoring the air for anything unusual, such as a spike in upper respiratory illnesses or stomach illnesses that could indicate anthrax or salmonella.

She says that unit has been on the fairgrounds since Tuesday and will remain there through Monday.

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