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 November 16th, 2009  
St. Lucie County jail dealing with possible cases of H1N1 Flu
 
The St. Lucie County jail has placed 10 detainees in medical isolation because they have shown possible symptoms of the HIN1 Flu virus, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"We have taken a number of steps to deal with the possibility that some jail detainees may have been exposed to the H1N1 virus," Sheriff Mascara said. "When detainees have exhibited possible flu-like symptoms from H1N1, our jail medical staff have placed these individuals in medical isolation and started Tamiflu to minimize the possible effects of the H1N1 virus. We are coordinating our efforts of monitoring and treatment with the St. Lucie County Health Department. In addition, the medical staff are treating individuals recommended by the county health department with the vaccine for the H1N1 virus."

"To keep the risk to jail staff members as low as possible, deputies with direct contact with detainees are wearing N95 protective masks," Sheriff Mascara said. "Jail staff members who want to be vaccinated against H1N1 will receive vaccinations as soon as the vaccine is made available to us."

Those who want information about H1N1 may call this telephone number staffed by the Florida Department of Health: 1-877-FLA-FLUI1 (1-877-352-3581) or go to this web site: www.stluciecountyhealth.com.

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