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 November 24th, 2009  
St. Lucie County jail continues to monitor symptoms of H1N1 Flu
 
The St. Lucie County jail currently has 9 inmates in Medical Isolation who have exhibited signs and symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

In collaboration with the St. Lucie County Health Department and Prison Health Services (the St. Lucie County Jail's medical provider) several measures been taken to immediately treat prisoners who exhibit signs and symptoms of the H1N1 flu.  Protocols have also been implemented to protect the remaining inmate population and the staff assigned to the jail.

If detainees exhibit possible flu-like symptoms, our jail medical staff have placed these individuals in medical isolation and started Tamiflu to minimize the effects of the H1N1 virus. In addition, the medical staff is treating individuals recommended by the county health department with the vaccine for the H1N1 virus.

To keep the risk of exposure as low as possible, Sheriff Mascara has cancelled all public visitations, all educational and religious programs, and all religious services until further notice. The cancellation of these services is required to limit prisoner movement throughout the facility and to stop hundreds of visitors, volunteers and related service providers from exposure.  Public Defenders and private attorney’s are still allowed to visit their clients so that we don’t affect the overall criminal justice process.

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