Prison under quarantine as illnesses spread - WNEM TV 5

Prison still under quarantine as illnesses spread

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Nearly 100 people, counting prisoners and staff at the Saginaw Correctional Facility, are battling an E-coli infection.

This outbreak was first noticed a week ago Monday, and shortly after that the facility was quarantined to prevent the spread.

It didn't happen.

Eighty-nine prisoners and seven staff members are suffering from nausea and diarrhea, and they can't keep food or water down.

Local and state health departments are investigating and tell WNEM TV-5 this strand of E-coli is particularly nasty, and there is no treatment.

Four people have been hospitalized.

The illness is usually spread through food.

A representative for the Corrections Department said all food is prepared on-site in the prison kitchen.

No new cases have been reported in the last two days, but the incubation period for this illness is three to seven days.

Once a week passes without a new diagnosis, the quarantine will be lifted and normal activity and visiting hours at the prison will resume.

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