By Robert Bordelon
County Commission President Woody Hanna released a statement on Thursday, June 21, about the health of both Lady Essex and a camel present for the festival.
"Last week during the county commission meeting, a citizen raised concern regarding the possibility of the elephant at the Renaissance Festival transmitting tuberculosis," said Hanna. "I asked Dr. Pat McHale of Seneca Trail Animal Hospital to review health certificates for the elephant and the camel. He has reported to me that the two animals have all the vaccinations required of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including a negative tuberculosis test. It is [McHale's] conclusion that 'based on the health certificates, these animals poise no health risks to the public.'"
Read more in the Friday, June 22, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.