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  • IL: Adenovirus outbreak at Danville Prison- NOT; possible cause was a fungus

    Source: http://www.wics.com/news/top-stories...id_12906.shtml

    Virus Outbreak At Danville Prison Identified
    Sunday, September 1 2013, 11:06 PM CDT

    A spokesman with the Illinois Department of Corrections says the illness is in the adenovirus class which can cause fever, sore throat, and chest pains...Prison officials say 71 inmates have been infected and various parts of the prison remain in lockdown to prevent any spreading.

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    Re: IL: Adenovirus outbreak at Danville Prison

    Source: http://commercial-news.com/local/x33...se-of-lockdown

    ...There are 1,835 inmates at the Danville Correctional Center and strictly limiting the number with the virus has been a focus of staff action. The outbreak is contained in one housing unit and a few affected inmates have been moved to the facility’s infirmary in the Health Care Unit (HCU). Some of the first cases, discovered Wednesday, are already showing signs of improvement. Eight new cases were diagnosed Aug. 31, 10 on Sept. 1 and four cases on Sept. 2. A total of 76 inmates are affected. All are in either housing unit R3 or, in those few cases, the HCU.

    The affected housing unit is on Level 1 lockdown and the rest of the prison is on Level 4 (lightest) lockdown. This virus is highly contagious, and as an important precaution no visitors or volunteers can enter the prison and there is no movement between Danville and other IDOC facilities...

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      Re: IL: Adenovirus outbreak at Danville Prison- NOT; possible cause was a fungus

      Source: http://thesouthern.com/news/local/st...a4bcf887a.html


      Prison outbreak not caused by virus, maybe fungus
      11 minutes ago

      SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal health officials are investigating an illness at an eastern Illinois prison that officials believe was caused by a fungus — not a virus...

      ...Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says the Illinois Department of Public Health believes the illness was caused by histoplasmosis — a fungus in some Illinois soil that can be inhaled.

      Officials say false-positive tests initially led them to ascribe the problem to the adenovirus...

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