200 inmates at city jail on quarantine after 2 cases of chicken pox diagnosed

October 23, 1997|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

About 200 inmates at the Baltimore City Detention Center are on quarantine after two cases of chicken pox were diagnosed at the jail last week.

"It's virtually a lockdown. There's no movement at all," said Lamont W. Flanagan, commissioner for Pretrial Detention Services.

The two cases of chicken pox were diagnosed Oct. 13 in the jail's annex, a minimum-security area that houses 400 inmates on four tiers. The chicken pox cases were discovered on two tiers.

Those two tiers will remain quarantined until Nov. 2.

Dr. Anthony Swetz, director of inmate health care services for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said quarantines in prisons are not unusual. He said the jail's chicken pox outbreak is the fourth in 12 months.

Public safety officials have initiated quarantines this year at the Jessup Pre-release Unit, Maryland Correctional Institution for Women and the Eastern Pre-release Unit at Church Hill, Swetz said.

Pub Date: 10/23/97

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