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Dec 4, 2009 11:58 AM

Third inmate dies of swine flu in California prisons

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Health officials say a central California inmate who died last week was the prison system's third death from swine flu.

The first two inmates died in mid-November at prisons in central and Southern California. The third inmate died November 27.

The receiver in charge of prison medical care says tests show the H1N1 virus killed all three inmates.

A spokesman for the receiver, Luis Patino, says privacy rules bar officials from naming the specific prisons or giving other identifying information.

Patino said as of Thursday, 65 of California's 167,000 inmates have been hospitalized with the swine flu. Fewer than 5 percent of them have died, he says, a lower rate than the 11 percent of hospitalized flu patients who have died statewide.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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