Veterans Home imposes flu quarantine

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A voluntary quarantine has been imposed at the Vermont Veterans Home because of a stomach flu. Officials say the ailment is similar to what has been afflicting cruise ships recently.

The first case of the virus known as gastroenteritis was reported last week. By the weekend there were 21 new cases. There are 148 residents at the home.

Officials say the quarantine was not required by the Department of Health but was imposed as the best way to contain the virus. Officials say they believe the cycle of the flu is nearing its end. The quarantine will be lifted when no new cases are reported for three consecutive days.

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