Visiting canceled at SBWCC

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The spread of what appears to be norovirus has slowed at South Boise Women’s Correctional Center. But to limit the possibility of further exposure, the facility has canceled visiting scheduled for this weekend, April 12-13.

Norovirus is a common illness that is sometimes referred to as "food poisoning, "stomach flu" or “cruise-ship flu.” Symptoms include stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.

The first report of a possible case of norovirus at SBWCC was on Tuesday, April 1. Since then 53 offenders have shown symptoms consistent with norovirus. The latest case was reported on Tuesday, April 9.  

Staff and inmates have been using bleach to disinfect the facility.

No inmates will be moved in or out of the facility until 48 hours after the last inmate reports they are feeling better and no longer experiencing symptoms.

Staff are distributing a sports drink to sick inmates to help keep them hydrated.

While the inmates’ symptoms are wholly consistent with norovirus, the cause of the sickness cannot be confirmed until lab tests are completed later this week.

SBWCC is a 284-bed treatment and transition facility for minimum-security, female offenders. It is located in the South Boise Correctional Complex.

Story published: 04/09/2014
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