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Infirmary treating patients on site at the State Fair

If you have a medical emergency at the Fair, you can often get the care you need right on site.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - If you have a medical emergency at the Fair, you can often get the care you need right on site.

Last year the infirmary, run by Upstate Medical Hospital, treated more than 760 patients.

That was a record for the infirmary and a 23 percent increase from the year before.

“Probably due to heat, there were a lot of heat illnesses last year," said Dr. Jeremy Joslin, the Medical Director at the New York State Fair. "This year we are just doing great. Some other accident and injury rates are down this year."

The staff says the most common cases at the State Fair are asthma attacks, bee stings, broken bones and heat-related illnesses.

Upstate Medical Hospital opened the infirmary back in 2005 and it now features a triage area, 22 beds, and a staff consisted of doctors and nurses from the hospital.

The majority of conditions can be treated at the infirmary, but in more serious cases, ambulances are on standby to bring people to the hospital.

The infirmary is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., but emergency medical care is available 24 hours a day.

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