Inmates in quarantine after flu outbreak at Ector County Jail
By Jakob Brandenburg |
Posted: Fri 6:48 PM, Jan 11, 2019

ODESSA -- The Ector County Detention Center has a bad case of the flu. An outbreak of the disease forced as many as 40 inmates to sit in quarantine.

With a lot of people living in close proximity, the staff is taking it seriously.

?It?s very contagious? Sheriff Mike Griffis said. ?And for some people it can be deadly.?

?It?ll spread like wildfire in a place like this,? nurse Lori Hodgkins said. ?We have people with major medical issues. If they get it, it?s going to be harder for them to get over it.?

In response to the outbreak, many inmates have been isolated from the rest of the population.