Visitation resumes at Pocatello women's prison

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Southeastern Idaho Public Health has lifted the quarantine on a housing unit at Pocatello Women's Correctional Center and visiting has resumed for the 90 inmates there.

The quarantine was implemented for PWCC's Unit 2 on Nov. 8 after an inmate who had recently transferred into the facility tested positive for active hepatitis A. No new cases have been discovered, but out of an abundance of caution no inmates will be transported into or out of PWCC until Nov. 29, when the 21-day incubation period for the disease has passed.

Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus and can affect anyone. The hepatitis A virus is usually spread by eating or drinking food items that have been contaminated with hepatitis A from someone who has not properly washed their hands after using the bathroom.

Although outbreaks of hepatitis A are relatively uncommon in the United States, public health efforts are required to control the spread of the disease.


Story published: 11/20/2013
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