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    Posted: September 26 2009 at 9:15pm

The Harris County Medical Examiner's Office has completed the autopsy but not yet released the cause of death of a Harris County jail inmate who had swine flu and died Thursday.

Kenneth Lane Beckett fell sick with fever and high pulse Monday before medical staff at the jail transferred him to Ben Taub General Hospital, where he died.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said Beckett tested positive for H1N1 and that the inmate had other undisclosed medical issues.

Beckett's is an isolated case and no other inmates have exhibited flu-like symptoms, said Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Thomas Gilliland.

Officials have asked state health services to place the Harris County jail on priority status for the swine flu vaccine.

Gilliland said jail staff and inmates are being encouraged to wash their hands often.

He said it is challenging for authorities to target the source of Beckett's infection, given the large scale and fluid nature of any jail population.

New inmates are constantly booked into the jail, whilst staff also are in and out of the jail.

One person has died from swine flu in the Houston area. A toddler from Mexico who was transferred from Brownsville to Texas Children's Hospital died there in late April.

There have been 447 cases of swine flu reported in Houston as of late August.
 
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Swine flu hits Hillsborough's Orient Road Jail

Reported by: Carson Chambers
Email: cchambers@wfts.com
Last Update: 10:54 am

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL -- Hillsborough County jail officials say they are offering masks and bacterial gel to their employees after two confirmed cases of swine flu at the Orient Road jail.

They also say no more cases will be tested by the Health Department but they will isolate inmates who come down with respiratory symptoms from the rest of the general population. 

Officials say they've had 20-to-30 inmates in quarantine on any given day to prevent the spread of swine flu. They are asking inmates coming into the booking lobby to wear a mask if they show signs of the disease.

So far, only two staff members have been sick with swine flu but officials do not believe they got it at the jail.

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E. Colorado prison reports possible swine flu cases

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4:33 PM MDT, September 30, 2009

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LIMON, Colo. (AP) — A prison in eastern Colorado has been partially locked down and programs suspended because of a possible outbreak of swine flu.

State corrections officials say 17 inmates in the Limon Correctional Facility about 90 miles east of Denver have flu-like symptoms, including a fever. Another 53 inmates have similar symptoms, but no fever.

Prison employees and medical staffers are working with the state health department to test the inmates for the swine flu.

The Limon prison houses 953 male inmates and employs 320 people.

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Flu cases prompt jails to restrict visits

By Tracey Kaplan

tkaplan@mercurynews.com

Posted: 10/01/2009 07:58:51 PM PDT
Updated: 10/01/2009 11:19:22 PM PDT

Fears about a possible outbreak of swine flu have prompted jail authorities in Santa Clara County to ban 20 percent of inmates from receiving visitors for at least a week.

No cases of swine flu have been confirmed, but three inmates have come down with flu-like symptoms and remain in the infirmary awaiting test results.

In the meantime, jail officials decided in the interests of safety to ban visits for 800 minimum-security inmates and 85 medium-security inmates housed in Unit M5-C — all on the men's side at Elmwood jail. Women housed at Elmwood and inmates in the Main Jail will not be affected. The total population of both jails is 4,390.

"The concern is about having large numbers of people in confined spaces," spokesman Mark Cursi said. "You just have to be excessively careful."

Restrictions on visiting also were imposed in April, Cursi said. But the jails ended up having no confirmed cases of H1N1 then.

At least 92 people have died in California of swine flu, nine of them in Santa Clara County.

A normal flu season kills about 36,000 Americans and hospitalizes 200,000. The swine flu pandemic has been relatively mild so far. It has killed some 400 Americans and is believed to have infected 1 million people across the United States.

Minimum-security inmates normally are allowed "contact" visits, which pose an obvious risk of contamination. But visiting also has been cut off for some medium-security inmates

— who are separated from visitors by a glass wall and confer with them via telephone — because the booths are shared by several housing units including Unit M5-C.

Contact Tracey Kaplan at tkaplan@mercurynews.com or 408-278-3482.

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Mask-wearing inmate sparks his attorney’s swine flu fears

Jail policy aims to stem spread of illness; in this case, it led to delay in proceedings
 
 

Mitchell A. Hardin’s public defender, Todd Porter, refused to go near him last week, expressing fear over catching an illness because Hardin was among jail inmates required to wear a mask.

 

Mitchell A. Hardin’s attorney wanted nothing to do with him.

Set to enter a plea on a residential burglary charge in Spokane County Superior Court last week, the 21-year-old inmate was told he had to wait another day.

His lawyer, seeing a surgical mask Hardin was wearing, feared contracting the H1N1 virus and wouldn’t go near the jail inmate in court. Hardin said at the time he didn’t feel ill, but he had in the past few days and he shared a cell with sick inmates.

None appears to have H1N1, or swine flu, but Spokane County Jail officials aren’t taking any chances.

Under a new policy implemented in the past two weeks, inmates who show symptoms of flu or a cold – and anyone near them – must wear protective masks when they leave their cells. That includes court appearances.

But the reaction from Todd Porter, Hardin’s public defender, and subsequent delay of a scheduled court proceeding prompted Spokane County Superior Judge Maryann Moreno to call a meeting this Thursday with jail staff and attorneys to sort out what she predicted “is going to snowball into an issue.”

“Are we going to do this with all people who have the sniffles?” Moreno said in court last week, referring to Hardin. “This seems a little paranoid to me, with all due respect.”

Jail officials say they’re taking the extra precautions to prevent a widespread outbreak. About 20 inmates are affected, including one man whose transfer to Oregon was postponed last week because officials didn’t want to run the risk of spreading illness.

“Sometimes we’re taking these precautions when there’s no indication they have the flu,” said jail Lt. Dan Veloski. “We just wanted to nip it in the bud as quick as we could.”

Last week’s sentencing delay was caused by a misconception about H1N1 and the new mask policy, Veloski said.

“People still don’t understand what swine flu is,” he said. “A lot of people believe it’s airborne, and that’s not true. It’s the virus inside their cough or their sneeze.”

This week’s meeting should help clear that up. “We want to protect the people in that court,” Veloski said. “Things could spread very quickly in this type of environment.”

In the meeting, Veloski said, jail staff will explain to attorneys “what our protocol is and what certain individuals may be wearing masks when they come to court.”

The surgical masks are meant to catch contagious droplets in coughs or sneezes, which experts say is the most common way to contract H1N1.

“Are they 100 percent effective? No,” Veloski said. “But they’re better than nothing.”

No one else in the courtroom for Mitchell’s sentencing objected to proceeding, but Porter’s reluctance to sit next to his mask-wearing client was understandable, said David Brody, an associate professor at Washington State University and director of the Spokane campus’s criminal justice program.

“I can understand everyone’s perspective,” Brody said. “My concern would be whether it impacts a defendant’s right to go to court. Will it get to the point where they’ll want to do sentencing over video?”

Hardin shrugged when Moreno asked him what he thought of the mask in court last week. Interviewed later, he called the policy “dumb.” He said he chuckled when Moreno told him he looked “pretty silly.” “I was sitting there smiling, but no one could see,” Hardin said.

 
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Jail taking extra steps to prevent H1N1 from spreading

SPOKANE - The Spokane Regional Health District received its first batch of H1N1 vaccine Tuesday, and as they prepare to set appointments for people to get inoculated there's one group of people who won't be getting in line anytime soon: The prisoners at the Spokane County Jail.

Getting vaccinated against H1N1 isn't one of your privileges as a prisoner at the jail.

"We're doing what we can to not spread the flu virus to everyone else," Jail Nurse and Infection Control Officer Brooke Moore said.

Moore added that they have had some prisoners complain of flu-like symptoms and preventing the disease from spreading is a challenge.

"It's pretty tight quarters we are often over a our maximum capacity for the jail so its very likely if a person gets the flu the person in the same cell with them is going to get it," Moore said.

The jail is taking every precaution to prevent the spread of the flu. They isolate the prisoners as much as they can, they don't let them leave their cells if they feel flush and they also make sick prisoners wear masks and have to eat off of disposable trays.

These steps are taken to protect not only the inmates but jail staff and law enforcement personnel.

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"Getting vaccinated against H1N1 isn't one of your privileges as a prisoner at the jail".
 
Very interesting. I suspect we'll see attorney's filing for their
incarcerated clients to receive vaccination.
 
There hasn't been much news lately about prisons.
I also suspect that there will be a decison that preventing
the illness is less expensive than treating it.
 
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Isolation lifted on cell block after swine flu scare

By PATRICIO G. BALONA
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DELAND -- Activities for inmates are back to normal at the Volusia County Branch Jail after a case of swine flu prompted the isolation of an entire cell block last week, a county spokesman said Tuesday.

A female inmate was confirmed to have had the H1N1 virus last week but has since recovered, said Volusia County spokesman Dave Byron.

The confirmed swine flu case led to the isolation of an entire block that contained 25 female inmates, Byron said. During the isolation, the inmates in the cell block were fed in their cells and interaction with the general population was restricted. Church and recreational activities were restricted to an isolated area but the public was not stopped from visitations, Byron said.

Inmates wore masks, but that has been happening since July when inmates complained or experienced flu-like symptoms, Byron said.

"There is not an outbreak as I can confirm and there is no quarantine," Byron said.

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One inmate is hospitalized with suspected case of swine flu

Lake work-release center on lock down

Bill Dolan - bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328 | Posted: Monday, October 12, 2009 3:30 pm

CROWN POINT | Lake County Community Corrections officials have put its work-release center on temporary lock down after an inmate was hospitalized with severe flu symptoms.

"We are on lock down," Community Corrections Director Kellie Bittorf said Monday.

"We did have someone go into hospital who has symptoms of a very serious flu. It hasn't been confirmed swine flu, but we were advised by the hospital to take all the necessary precautions until the test comes back and is confirmed," she said.

Community Corrections is a minimum security residential center for convicted criminals who regularly go out in the community to work. She said the lock down affects about 125 inmates who will remain inside the center.

She said the lock down doesn't affect the portion of the center where inmates of the sheriff's work-release center are housed.

"This is our normal policy when something like this occurs with any kind of potentially contagious disease. This is for the public's safety. We will continue to monitor this until tomorrow morning. We will contact the health department on how to proceed," she said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified Indiana, where five have died from the disease, as having a widespread outbreak.

Last week, Indiana was the first state in the nation to begin distributing the H1N1 flu vaccine. Hammond schools expect to begin administering thousands of doses of swine flu vaccine to students later this week.

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