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Swine flu hits women's prison near Miami

A women's prison south of Miami is dealing with an outbreak of 23 cases of suspected swine flu.

Meanwhile, Miami-Dade Health Department officials confirmed Thursday that two more people —- a woman, 31, and man, 63 — have died of the disease, bringing the total of those killed by the epidemic in the county to three. There have been 493 confirmed cases of swine flu in Miami-Dade County.

At Homestead Correctional Institution six cases of the H1N1 virus have been confirmed, said Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger, and 17 more inmates are believed to have swine flu.

"According to guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control, further testing of additional cases in the facility is not necessary because of the similarity of symptoms and proximity of the victims," Plessinger said.

Four dorms that house 252 inmates at the prison are closed to everyone but correctional officers, and the segregated inmates are being allowed contact only with each other. All visitation at the prison has been suspended.

The prison incarcerates 668 women between the ages of 22 and 63.

Swine flu hits women's prison near Miami 07/02/09 [Last modified: Saturday, July 4, 2009 12:45pm]
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