2 inmates test positive for flu at Arkansas prison

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Visitation hours are canceled at a northeast Arkansas women's prison after a 42-year-old inmate died after suffering from flu-like symptoms.

The Arkansas Department of Correction says nearly 900 inmates at the McPherson Unit near Newport were screened for influenza, and two inmates tested positive for the disease. The inmate who died Saturday did not test positive for the flu, but officials say additional tests are pending.

Correction department spokeswoman Shea Wilson says all inmates have the option of receiving flu vaccines. She says visiting hours will remain canceled at the prison until officials feel it's safe to lift the restriction.

Officials didn't release the name of the inmate who died, but Wilson says the woman was in prison on a first-degree battery conviction.

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