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Jan 22, 2015 1:55 PM

Veterans home joins prison in suspending visits because of flu


TILTON - The New Hampshire Veterans Home is the latest institution to suspend visits because of the flu risk.

Beginning Friday, the home, at 139 Winter St., will not allow visitors until further notice.

According to a press release, the home's medical staff is dealing with several cases of upper respiratory infections, which have the potential to spread rapidly among the its population of around 200 frail elderly veterans.

On Tuesday, the State Prison for Men announced that it would temporarily stop visits through Jan. 26 because of the flu outbreak.

It also closed the North Yard and canceled classes in the Corrections Special School District, volunteer-run and chapel activities, and mental health treatment groups.

The department also is restricting the transportation of inmates between facilities.

The Department of Corrections said a large room in the prison is being temporarily converted to quarantine infected inmates.


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