Kansas Juvenile Jails Prepare for H1N1 Outbreak

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Authorities in charge of the youth inmates in Kansas have geared up for the possibility of a swine flu outbreak at juvenile correctional facilities.

The Juvenile Justice Authority issued a memo Tuesday to all staff outlining plans to monitor the spread of swine flu and minimize exposure.

The memo comes on the heels of staff concerns over two earlier unauthorized memos issued at the correctional facilities in Beloit
and Larned requesting staff to start making personal plans in the
unlikely event of a quarantine.

Officials said the state's three juvenile justice facilities are screening visitors for flu symptoms.

The state also suspended a requirement that community case managers conduct face-to-face contact with youths and increased
medical screening of young people brought to a facility.

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