Focus: Infection Control

Legionnaires' disease found in facilities adjacent to California prison hospital

May 6, 2019

The Legionnaires disease that killed one inmate and sickened another at a prison medical facility in Stockton, Calif., is more widespread than expected, according to an article on the ABC News website.

Tests found the bacteria in the water supply at a prison medical facility in Stockton and at two neighboring youth correctional facilities.

Officials had thought it was isolated to one housing unit where the two inmates lived. They restricted water use throughout the medical facility and neighboring juvenile facility, bringing in bottled water. 

But they put special filters only on showers in the housing unit where the inmates had been housed in the California Health Care Facility, which treats about 2,670 inmates needing medical care.

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