Fresno County Jail unit locked down after inmate gets flu

The Fresno BeeJanuary 8, 2014 

Fresno County officials have locked down a portion of the county jail after a 61-year-old inmate was hospitalized with symptoms of influenza A, the sheriff's office said Wednesday night.

The inmate complained of flu-like symptoms two days ago and his condition deteriorated even after he was treated by jail medical staff, the sheriff's office said. The man has been in the jail since September and inmates housed on the same floor are on lockdown, meaning they can't move unless it is absolutely necessary. The man has been taken to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Inmates on the same floor are being checked daily and immunizations will be available to them and the staff as soon as possible, the sheriff's office said. A separate housing unit has been put aside for inmates with flu symptoms.

The Fresno County Superior Court will also call inmates to court only if it is necessary, the sheriff's office said.

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