An outbreak of gastroenteritis at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Guaynabo has prompted the postponement of trials and hearing for the rest of the week, according to an El Nueva Dia report (computer translated).

Puerto Rico/CIA
Puerto Rico/CIA

Judge Aida M. Delgado Colón with the Federal District Court in Puerto Rico said the outbreak started with nine individuals last Friday and has grown to 49 cases by Sunday.

The MDC, which houses some 1,300 inmates, is being cleaned and sanitized and medical staff are observing the patients.

In addition, medical staff are recommending visitors to postpone visitations this week in an attempt to avoid the spread of the illness outside the facility.

The etiology and the source of the outbreak has not been identified although the symptoms of the illnesses were described as “stomach flu” in the report.

Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the lining of the intestine caused by a virus, bacteria or parasites.