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H1N1 Flu Virus Spreads to Jail, Sickens Inmates in Milpitas

Bay Area death toll now stands at 17

By NBC Bay Area Staff
|  Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014  |  Updated 8:36 PM PDT
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The flu has spread to jail, sickening inmates at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas as the Bay Area death toll continues to climb.

The total number of flu-related deaths in the Bay Area this season now stands at 17. The latest deaths happened in Solano and San Mateo counties.

Santa Clara County has the highest number of deaths with four.

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Napa County is the only one in the Bay Area that doesn't have any deaths. 

  • Santa Clara County - 4 deaths
  • Alameda County - 3 deaths
  • Marin County - 2 deaths
  • San Mateo County - 3 deaths
  • San Francisco - 1 death
  • Contra Costa County - 1 death
  • Solano County - 1 death
  • Sonoma County - 2 deaths
  • Napa County - 0 deaths

Two of the San Mateo County victims had underlying medical conditions, according to health officials. At least two of three cases there are confirmed as H1N1.

Officials at the Elmwood Correctional Facility reported three confirmed cases of H1N1 and four suspected cases.

The outbreak has placed some restrictions on the inmates. They're being allowed to attend their court hearings, but non-official visiting hours have been canceled until Friday.

Officials are also taking precautions of their own.

"We're also giving our staff the proper equipment, masks and gloves, to make sure they can take care of the inmates,” Santa Clara County Sheriff Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup said.

The medical staff at Elmwood is also conducting daily checks of all the inmates to monitor the outbreak.

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