Jetson Center for Youth exercises medical precautions
Visitation suspended for this weekend
Office of Juvenile Justice officials have placed Jetson Center for Youth in Baker under medical precaution due to two identified cases of youth with Type A influenza. Neither case has been confirmed as H1N1 (swine) flu. A total of six youth have exhibited symptoms of influenza. Cultures on the four unconfirmed cases have been sent to a lab for further analyses. Jetson currently houses 78 youth.
As a matter of medical precaution, visitation has been suspended for this weekend. Graduation ceremonies scheduled for today have been postponed until July 17. No youth will be moved into or out of the facility until June 30.
“The situation at Jetson Center for Youth is under control and was identified very quickly when medical staff observed two youth exhibiting flu-like symptoms,” said Dr. Rhonda Kendrick from LSUHSC-NO Juvenile Justice Program. “OJJ staff and LSU Health Sciences Center staff stationed at the Jetson infirmary are working together and have put all necessary precautions into place throughout the facility that will prevent further spread of the influenza virus. All youth are being assessed to determine need and priority use of antiviral treatment or post-exposure therapy.”
OJJ Deputy Secretary Mary L. Livers praised the staff at Jetson and LSUHSC for their prompt and thorough response to the medical concerns.