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* Solano County Jail and San Quentin Prison Quarantine Prisoners for Possible Swine Flu Outbreak

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A module of the Solano County jail has been placed under quarantine after an inmate who was housed there complained of flu symptoms on his arrival Tuesday at San Quentin State Prison, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office said this afternoon.  Lt. Gary Faulkner said the precautionary quarantine is consistent with the jail’s emergency response plan for suspected H1N1, or swine flu, cases. There are 25 inmates in the quarantined module, Faulkner said.  The quarantine will be in effect for seven days unless the inmate’s test results, expected in 2-4 days, return negative. Then the quarantine will be lifted, Faulkner said. The inmate is in quarantine at San Quentin State Prison and officials there are in contact with the Solano County jail, Faulkner said. No other inmates at the county jail have complained of flu symptoms, Faulkner said this afternoon. Correctional officers in the quarantined unit at the county jail will receive additional protective equipment including N-95 face masks and hand sanitizers, Faulkner said. Inmates in the quarantined module will receive all necessary health care services. They will have access to limited television and will receive supplies to sanitize their cells, Faulkner said. Visiting will be suspended in the module for seven days or until it is determined there is no longer a health risk, Faulkner said. Court appearances for several inmates in the quarantined module have been postponed, Faulkner said.  A quarantine affecting 2,100 inmates was imposed at San Quentin State Prison early this month because of four probable cases of out-of-season flu. They were found to have a 97 percent chance of having the H1N1 virus and 26 other inmates showed potential symptoms of the virus, prison officials said. Seven buildings at the state prison were under quarantine. Lt. Rudy Luna, administrative assistant to the warden, said this afternoon only two reception centers containing less than half the 2,100 inmates are still quarantined. A quarantine at a third building ended Tuesday, he said. Quarantined inmates are not allowed in the exercise yard, are eating separately and are confined to their cells, Luna said.

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