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One dead, 18 ill in Putnamville Correctional Facility illness outbreak in Indiana

By Ed Adamczyk Follow @adamczyk_ed Contact the Author   |   Jan. 25, 2016 at 8:12 AM

GREENCASTLE , Ind., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- An inmate of the Putnamville, Ind., Corrections Center is dead and 18 others have been treated for a pneumonia-like outbreak at the facility.

Nine patients were under observation in Terre Haute Regional Hospital and nine others, including one on a ventilator, were in the medical unit of the prison. One unidentified inmate died Friday, prison Superintendent Brian Smith said.

The Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana Department of Corrections and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were investigating the cause of the illness, which include symptoms of shortness of breath, fatigue, joint ache, cough and sore throat.

Visitation at the medium-security prison in west-central Putnam County, Ind., near the city of Greencastle, has been canceled until further notice.

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