Visits to Immigrant Detention Facility Suspended Due to Swine Flu Fears

Thursday, June 11, 2009; 6:31 PM

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement today suspended attorney and social visits to the federal government's immigrant detention facility in Miami through this weekend because of a suspected swine flu epidemic.

About 542 immigrants were being held at the Krome Service Processing Center today, and 14 who had flu-like symptoms are being tested for the H1N1 influenza virus. One contract employee also has symptoms, ICE spokesman Richard Rocha said.

"There have been no confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu virus at Krome," Rocha said. "ICE is following the CDC guidelines for limiting exposure to others," he said in a statement, adding that non-contact attorney visits may continue.

-- Spencer S. Hsu

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