South Carolinas first big flu outbreak of the season has prompted state prison officials to cancel all visitations Saturday and Sunday at the Manning Correctional Institution. The minimum security prison located on Beckman Road in Columbia houses about 730 state inmates.
According to South Carolina Department of Corrections spokesman Josh Gelinas, inmates in one of the housing units started complaining about flu symptoms on Monday. One hundred and forty male prisoners were diagnosed with H1N1 swine flu on Tuesday.
Since then, infected inmates have been segregated from the general population through restrictions on movement and altered eating times.
On Friday, 71 inmates were still showing symptoms, but no new cases were diagnosed.
"We believe the outbreak was contained to one housing unit. It looks like the worst is behind us," Gelinas said.