Focus: Infection Control

Calif. investigating Legionnaires' outbreak at prison hospital

May 1, 2019

Officials from the California Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections officials are investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease bacteria at a state prison facility, according to an article on the KQED website.

Last month, one inmate at the California Health Care Facility in Stockton (CHCF) died of the disease and a second inmate tested positive for the bacteria but is now in stable condition.

Officials had thought the bacteria was isolated to one housing unit, but new testing found traces of it in the water supply at the site in addition to two neighboring youth correctional facilities.

CDCR is discontinuing the use of potable water at the facilities, providing bottled water to staff and inmates, installing self-filtering showerheads.

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