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SC closes prison to visitors after flu outbreak

Mar 2, 2011 4:18:00 PM - thestate.com
A maximum security prison in South Carolina is on lockdown after a flu outbreak made 10 inmates sick.

South Carolina Corrections Department spokesman John Barkley says the 1,400 inmates at Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia have been locked down since Feb. 24.

No visitors were allowed at the prison last Saturday or Sunday, and Barkley said there would likely be no visits this weekend.

During lockdown, inmates are fed in their cells and are offered showers every other day.

In January, a minimum security prison in Columbia was closed during a swine flu outbreak that made 140 inmates sick.

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