Six Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease Confirmed at San Quentin
Dozens of inmates at the San Quentin State Prison have been placed under observation after six cases of Legionnaires’ disease were confirmed at the facility. Acceptance of new inmates and visitors has also been halted while water use is being limited to prevent the spread of bacteria.
Public health officials are unsure where the bacteria originated. As the investigation continues, inmates are being given bottled water and boxed lunches, and using portable showers with their own water supply.
In addition to the six confirmed cases, 51 inmates are exhibiting respiratory symptoms that could be considered early signs of the disease. They have all been placed under observation.
Legionnaire’s disease is a potentially fatal type of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria. It is usually contracted through inhalation of a contaminated water source, such as mist from a hot tub or shower. Symptoms include fever, chills, cough, and headache.
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