2 inmates test positive for flu at Arkansas prison

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    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 flu shots are available to all inmates, but the woman who died chose not to get the vaccine this season.

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

    Wilson says visitation will remain canceled at the prison until officials feel it's safe to lift the restriction.

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