Wednesday, May 6, 2009

First CA Inmate H1N1 Influenza Case Confirmed

More Inmate Cases Now Being Tested

SACRAMENTO - The State Viral Lab is reporting that the inmate case at Centinela State Prison that had been categorized as 95% probable has now been confirmed. The inmate remains in Centinela Prison. His case remains mild. The infected inmate’s cellmate remains under quarantine but has not exhibited any symptoms of H1N1 Influenza. The actions taken by California Prison Health Care Services (CPHCS) and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) appear to have stemmed the spread of the virus at Centinela Prison. No other potential cases have been reported there.

However, the receiver’s office is currently monitoring numerous other potential cases throughout the system that have been sent for testing. More detail on those cases will be available once they are deemed probable or are confirmed. Due to the new potential cases, the visiting restrictions will continue in effect until further notice.

“We fully understand that this decision has unfortunate consequences for the families of the inmates and the inmates themselves, especially over the Mother’s Day weekend, but we must protect the general public, the staff and the inmates from a further spread of the H1N1 Influenza, especially in light of the other potential cases.” said Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Dwight Winslow.

For more information and for updates, visit the CDCR web site at www.cdcr.ca.gov or medical receiver’s web site at www.cphcs.ca.gov.