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Flu Symptoms Among Some Inmates at Big Muddy River Correctional Center 

Springfield - December 3, 2013

Flu symptoms among some inmates at Big Muddy River Correctional Center.
Facility placed on lockdown as treatment continues.

  • 88 offenders at Big Muddy River Correctional Center (BMRCC) are showing flu-like symptoms. Total inmate population at BMRCC is 1,893. Less than 5% show symptoms.
  • Per precautionary procedure, BMRCC was placed on Level 1 lockdown at 8 a.m. this date. No visitors or inmate transfers in/out. Lockdown will last as long as necessary.
  • Medical staff on-site is treating each case and assessing all offenders for new cases
  • No hospitalizations have been needed. Cultures will be examined at a local hospital.
  • Medication being administered to all who show symptoms
  • All offenders in cells housing known cases and those on either side of such cells are being administered the same medication
  • No staff symptoms. A Warden’s Bulletin has been distributed to all staff and will be read at roll call each day. Inmates have been equally informed.
  • Mouth and skin barriers have been distributed in every housing unit, for protection. All housing units are being thoroughly cleaned on each shift.
  • All meals are being provided in-cell.


Tom Shaer, Director of Communications
Illinois Department of Corrections
100 W. Randolph, 4-200,
Chicago, IL 60601 W: (312) 814-2947; C: 312-805-6177; Email: tom.shaer@doc.illinois.gov