Swine flu reported in detention center

MIAMI, June 13 (UPI) -- Visitors were barred from an immigration detention center near Miami after three detainees tested positive for the swine flu virus, officials said.

Another 13 inmates at the Krome detention center showed symptoms of the disease, The Miami Herald reported. They could not be tested for the H1N1 virus because they had been given anti-viral medication.


"As a precautionary measure, and in the health interest of all detainees and visitors, we have temporarily suspended social visits at Krome through this weekend," Nicole Navas, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman, told the newspaper in an e-mail. "However, detainees are still able to contact friends and family via telephone."

More than 500 detainees are housed at Krome, west of Miami. The sick detainees had been isolated and all were being treated with antiviral, officials said.

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