Federal criminal proceedings have been suspended in Fresno because of an outbreak of the
U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill issued the order Tuesday afternoon "in order to assure the health and safety" of judges, court staff, attorneys and the public, the Fresno Bee reported.
The Fresno County Sheriff's Office has been using lockdown procedures, preventing inmate movement "unless absolutely necessary" in an effort to keep the spread of the
Mims' spokesman, Chris Curtice, told the Fresno Bee three inmates have been diagnosed with H1N1 influenza, and nine others that have exhibited flu-like symptoms are in an isolation ward. In the central San Joaquin Valley, at least 10 patients have died of the flu this season -- four of them in Fresno County.