Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Iowa officials say no quarantine for swine flu:

Associated Press
9:35 p.m. CDT, August 31, 2009

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa public health officials are trying to alert the public that there is no truth to an Internet rumor that the state has instituted a quarantine for the H1N1 flu is untrue.

Polly Carver-Kimm, spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Public Health, said a reporter from Kentucky called the department Monday, asking about something called the "facility quarantine order."

Carver-Kimm says several other people later called, saying they had also received an e-mailed copy of the order, which reportedly says quarantine in a specific facility is required for people exposed to swine flu.

Carver-Kimm says isolation and quarantine are rarely used -- and only in very specific situations. She says Iowa has not issued any isolation and quarantine orders and has no plans to issue any this fall.

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