Judge orders thousands out of two San Joaquin prisons due to valley fever

Judge said blacks, filipinos, at-risk must go

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A federal judge has ordered two prisons in the San Joaquin Valley to evacuate thousands of prisoners because of a recent valley fever outbreak.

The judge ordered corrections officials to transfer most black, Filipino, and medically at-risk inmates because they are more vulnerable to the airborne fungus.

The inmates will be removed from both Avenal and Pleasant Valley State Prisons.

More than 3,000 prisoners fall under the categories covered in the ruling.

That state has 90 days to comply.

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