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Inmates Diagnosed With Legionnaires’ Disease At Prison In Florida

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Via Miami Herald
The Coleman Federal Correctional Complex, a Bureau of Prisons facility near Wildwood, Fla., is home to more than 6,000 inmates, roughly 500 of them women.

The women’s work camp at Coleman Federal Correctional Complex, already beset by allegations of pervasive sexual abuse by guards on inmates, has another problem — inmates contracting Legionnaires’ disease.

On Wednesday, a spokesman for Coleman confirmed, after several days of ignoring inquiries, that “some inmates at Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Coleman’s minimum security satellite camp were diagnosed with legionella pneumonia.”

Legionnaires disease’, the more common name, is a type of pneumonia (or lung infection) caused by breathing in water that contains legionella bacteria. The disease can cause flu-like symptoms, including coughing, aching muscles and headaches, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.