Officials: Legionella Detected at Two Illinois Prisons

Officials: Legionella Detected at Two Illinois Prisons

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Legionella bacteria has been detected at two Illinois Department of Corrections facilities.

The Illinois departments of Public Health and Corrections announced Friday that routine water testing this week found legionella at the Stateville Correctional Center and Joliet Treatment Center.

Officials said no inmates or staff at either facility are exhibiting symptoms of Legionnaire’s disease and all potentially affected individuals in custody have been notified.

Upon detection of legionella, officials said they immediately stopped use of the impacted areas and began flushing out the water to remove the bacteria.

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