Flu outbreak causes prison lockdown


Vandalia - A southern Illinois prison is on lockdown, because of a flu outbreak.


The Department of Corrections says, the Vandalia Correctional Center was put on a level-one lockdown on Tuesday, because of two diagnosed cases of the flu and three other inmates showing flu-like symptoms.


There have been 33 confirmed cases of the flu in the entire Illinois prison population of nearly 49,000 inmates. All confirmed cases and even those with only symptoms are immediately isolated. All housing units with either confirmed cases or symptoms are quarantined and locked down.


Five correctional centers are on partial Level 1 Lockdown; only one is on full-facility Level 1 Lockdown. All lockdowns are precautionary/medical, none for security reasons.

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