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Cloverhill inmates put in quarantine

THERE has been a suspected swine flu outbreak in Cloverhill Prison.

One prisoner has been taken to hospital but sources told the Herald that there are at least five suspected swine flu cases at the prison.

A spokesperson for the IPS said they are continuing to liaise with the HSE over a possible swine flu outbreak.

"A number of cases have presented with influenza-like illnesses in Cloverhill Prison," he said.

"The advice from HSE Public Health indicates that 'this year the predominant flu virus is the H1N1 virus known as swine flu'.

"The IPS continues to engage regularly with Public Health to ensure that any suspected case is treated appropriately.

A number of prisoners have been placed on quarantine and have limited human contact since falling ill, say sources.