2 Pontiac Inmates Hospitalized With Legionnaire's Disease

Sep 11, 2020
Originally published on September 11, 2020 5:43 am

Officials have announced two confirmed cases of Legionnaire’s Disease at the Pontiac Correctional Center.

According to the Department of Corrections, the two inmates are hospitalized in stable condition. The agency is monitoring others for any sign of the disease.

It’s contracted by breathing in water vapor that contains Legionella bacteria and results in a serious form of pneumonia.

A water quality assessment is underway at the prison. At this time, no other cases have been identified.

Legionnaire’s has been a problem at other state-run facilities, including a deadly outbreak at the Quincy Veterans' Home in 2015.

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