A person detained in the Pendleton state prison died Friday from Legionnaires’ amid an outbreak of the bacterial disease in the facility, according to the Indiana Department of Correction.
Officials with the state prison system said the person, who was not immediately identified, died in a hospital Friday morning. The Pendleton Correctional Facility reported an outbreak of the bacterial lung infection after the first confirmed case of the disease returned Nov. 30, and three people in the prison tested positive.
Two probable cases returned a negative test result for the disease, but prison officials said they are not ruling out their cases for Legionnaires’ because they’re showing similar symptoms.
All five people were hospitalized for treatment earlier this week.
The disease is spread by aerosolized water droplets, like mist or steam, not person-to-person contact. Hot water in the facility has been turned off as a result.
The state’s prison system and health department are still determining how the outbreak began, officials said Friday. Testing within the facility has been underway to find the source of the bacteria.
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