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Inmate fears over an apparent swine flu outbreak sparked a riot at the Middlesex County Jail in Cambridge on Sunday. Several prisoners became unruly, breaking sprinkler heads which in turn flooded the entire building. The jail's fire suppression system was also damaged and power to the entire facility had to be cut off. "The flooding went down from the 18th floor all the way through the building into the lobby and it was cascading down the elevator shaft," said Middlesex County Sheriff James DiPaola. He said the damage was the work of just nine inmates.
Two children and a man died in Britain on Monday after contracting swine flu although all had pre-existing health conditions, officials said. The deaths of a man and a child from West Yorkshire in northern England and a nine-year-old child from London took the death toll from the virus in Britain to seven.
A spokesperson for NHS Kirklees confirmed the deaths but refused to give any further details. The girl died on Thursday and the man died on Sunday.
A spokesman for NHS London said the child died "over the weekend". He added that no other details would be released.