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Stateville Prison Laid Low by Flu-Like Virus

Norovirus, a highly contagious illness, is the same one that often strikes cruise ships.

A particularly contagious form of a stomach flu-like virus has struck Stateville Correctional Center, and now as many as 140 inmates are sick and bed-ridden.

The illness is has been identified as Norovirus, Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Melaney Arnold told CBS 2 (WBBM-TV). Inmates began getting sick Christmas Day, with many people becoming ill simultaneously.

“The Department of Corrections and the Department of Public Health have already started working on outbreak and control efforts,” Arnold told the television news station.

The illness is best known for sickening people on cruise shops. Because it is so contagious, it can spread quickly. Typically, however, it only takes a day or two to run its course, experts say.

To keep it from spreading at the Crest Hill prison, inmates who have fallen ill are being segregated from the rest of the prison population, the story said.

charlies angel December 29, 2012 at 12:32 AM
I think the laws and the prison system need an overview and overhaul. All punishments don't always fit the crime.
Bob December 29, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Sad part is they have health care, lots of good people don't have that luxury..
Holly K December 29, 2012 at 11:58 PM
just to let you know Steve, their "free cable" tv is paid for by the inmates loved ones who pay for the exorbitant prices that the commissary charges for our loved ones to get toiletries, tv`s, any kind of food product etc. The extra monies go for cable tv. Before people start tooting their horns the should really know the facts!!! By the way, the food that is served is green, undercooked, and full of bugs,and that's another fact. and as far as medical attention goes, the drs there are lackeys and the guards couldn't care less if the inmate is lying on the floor writhing with pain or actually dying. Those are facts!
Holly K December 30, 2012 at 12:03 AM
keep in mind that there are some in prison that have been wrongfully convicted. don't worry Bob, prison healthcare is not what you think.
Linda Solan January 09, 2013 at 03:53 PM
HEALTH CARE................ thats a laugh, son had to pass kidney stone naked in solitary with no mattress.

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