FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A flu outbreak at the Fresno County Jail has prompted a judge to suspend federal criminal proceedings involving inmates.
The Fresno Bee reports U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill issued the week-long suspension order on Tuesday.
He said he was doing so "in order to assure the health and safety" of judges, court staff, attorneys and the public.
O'Neill's order noted that one county jail inmate has died of flu complications and another who appeared in federal court last week has now been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu.
So far three inmates have been diagnosed with H1N1, and nine others who showed flu-like symptoms are in an isolation ward.
The jail houses more than 2,900 inmates. Of those, about 135 are federal inmates.
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