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August 31, 2013

Virus causes prison lockdown

DANVILLE — The Illinois Department of Corrections has ordered a light lockdown at the Danville Correctional Center due to flu-like symptoms among about 34 inmates.

There are 1,835 inmates at Danville, according to a DOC press release, so this is not a widespread situation.

Symptoms include higher temperature, headache, aches, other symptoms associated with the flu.

The extent of symptoms varies from inmate to inmate. Beginning Thursday, prison health care staff have controlled the situation, which remains confined to one building.

Level 4 lockdown — the lightest level — started in Housing Unit 3, according to the release. Flu-like symptoms have not spread to anyone in other areas of the facility, but the light lockdown has been extended to the entire grounds, strictly as a precaution.

Housing Unit 3 was quarantined Friday morning, and Isolation/Quarantine procedures are in place. Thus far only the one housing unit is involved. Local personnel are working with the local health department and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Many tests for flu and other viruses have been run on cultures sent to both the University of Chicago lab and IDPH. Results at this point have not shown a flu virus of any type, but results of additional tests are pending.

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