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New details regarding illness among inmates at Danville Correctional Center  

Springfield - September 12, 2013 - Further testing by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has determined that there is no virus involved in the illness of inmates in housing unit R3 at Danville CC. IDPH has concluded that initial identification of the Adenovirus was the result of false positives. The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) is working with IDPH on what is a medical matter and we appreciate its testing, information and diligence.

  • IDPH’s current hypothesis, shared by IDOC, is that Histoplasmosis may be the cause of the illness. Histoplasmosis is a fungus endemic in areas of Illinois. It is not contagious between people, but rather is inhaled from soil or other particles. Most people exposed to Histoplasmosis have no significant illness and develop immunity to it. Others may have mild pulmonary symptoms, usually resolved on their own. Occasionally, medication is used. Immunocompromised individuals may have a more significant experience. Affected inmates at Danville have generally defer="defer"vesced in three to five days.
  • There have been no newly diagnosed cases in the past week. All but two inmates from among those first showing symptoms (August 28th) have recovered. There are 1,835 inmates at Danville CC; the total number of inmates affected is 102. With no newly diagnosed cases in a week and no indication of a contagious virus or bacteria, the quarantine has been lifted from R3. This decision is supported by IDPH and the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • IDPH recommended the (CDC) survey the site at Danville CC, conduct epidemiological studies and testing and recommend how to decrease future exposure. Again, we know Histoplasmosis is endemic in certain regions of Illinois.
  • A CDC team arrived yesterday. Its planned course includes meeting with staff and inmates, review of medical records, examination of the grounds and possibly taking soil samples. CDC expects to have personnel at Danville CC for one to two weeks.
  • To help IDOC, IDPH and CDC continue addressing this matter, a Level 4 (lightest) lockdown is in effect throughout Danville CC. Visitors and volunteers are not able to enter the facility; we appreciate their patience.

 

Latest on illness among inmates at Danville Correctional Center

Springfield – September 6, 2013 - Please refer to Updates 4 and III, dated September 1-2, 2013 (below) for many specifics on the Adenovirus, IDOC action and detailed factors in the situation at Danville CC.

  • The Illinois Department of Public Health has completed tests for inmates reporting mild symptoms similar to those shown by inmates who previously tested positive for the Adenovirus. Testing of cultures takes several days.
  • The rate of new cases is almost zero with only two over the past three days. The rate is in a virtual non-growth phase.
  • Tests showed one new case today, no new cases yesterday (Thursday), one new case from Wednesday and 12 new cases from Tuesday. Combined with just four on Monday, the total is 18 cases this week, following 76 over less than seven days of the previous week.
  • No patients diagnosed, previously or this week, have serious symptoms. Patients are improving steadily and, in a good number of cases, rapidly. A total of 94 inmates out of 1,835 at Danville are being treated for the Adenovirus.
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health and IDOC medical experts recommend the safe and prolonged quarantine period to be 14 days from the last reported case. Housing unit R3 at Danville CC will remain quarantined until September 20, 2013 and remains on Level 1 lockdown. The rest of the facility remains on Level 4 (lightest) lockdown.

 

Danville Corrections Center illness among inmates

Springfield - September 2, 2013 - Please refer to Update III, dated September 1, 2013, and re-sent here with this update, for many specifics on the Adenovirus, IDOC action and detailed factors in the situation at Danville CC.

  • New cases have decreased considerably. Only four (4) today. There had been 10 Sunday and eight Saturday. The total number of inmates affected by the Adenovirus is 76 out of 1,835 inmates at Danville.
  • These few new cases are among inmates from the same single housing unit, Unit R3, where symptoms were first discovered
  • Doctors and nurses report all inmates who first had symptoms last Wednesday-Saturday (August 28-31) continue to show significant improvement. Others are also improving.
  • The Adenovirus usually runs its course over several days but is contagious for up to two weeks, the “shedding period.” Therefore, Danville CC’s safe and prolonged quarantine period shall be 14 days calculated from last the diagnosed case (today) of the virus. Quarantine and Level 1 lockdown of the one housing unit is recalculated from today and is tentatively scheduled to end on September 16th.
  • Level 4 (lightest) lockdown of the entire Danville Correctional Center remains in effect.
  • Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) medical staff, under Department Medical Director Dr. Louis Shicker, continues to work closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). All decisions going forward about continued treatment, quarantine and isolation measures and lockdowns will be made with all information being shared.

 

Update on illness among inmates – Danville Correctional Center

Springfield - September 1, 2013 - Extensive tests at the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) lab and other medical facilities have determined that the outbreak of a flu-like illness at Danville Correctional Center has been caused by a respiratory virus, not influenza.

This virus is in the Adenovirus class and while not the flu, causes many similar symptoms. It usually runs its course over several days but is contagious for up to two weeks, the “shedding period.” Symptoms include fever, headache, sore throat, mild cough and some chest pains with deep breathing. The Danville CC health care staff identified very early that an outbreak was occurring and appropriate isolation and quarantine techniques were immediately initiated. The quarantine period shall be safe and prolonged: two weeks from the last identified case.

There are 1,835 inmates at Danville CC and strictly limiting the number with the virus has been a focus of staff action. The outbreak is contained in one housing unit and a few affected inmates have been moved to the facility’s infirmary in the Health Care Unit (HCU). Some of the first cases, discovered Wednesday, are already showing signs of improvement. Eight new cases were diagnosed yesterday (August 31st) and 10 today. A total of 71 inmates are affected; all are in either housing unit R3 or, in those few cases, the HCU.

The affected housing unit is on Level 1 lockdown and the rest of the prison is on Level 4 (lightest) lockdown. This virus is highly contagious, and as an important precaution no visitors or volunteers can enter the prison and there is no movement between Danville and other IDOC facilities. Among many measures ordered by Illinois Department of Corrections Medical Director Louis Shicker, MD, who is working closely with IDPH, all units have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Use of surgical masks, gloves and other standard precautions are being practiced by the Danville CC medical and security staff.

There is no specific treatment for the Adenovirus. Supportive care while allowing the virus to run its course is the recommended approach, which IDOC is aggressively taking. We thank the IDPH and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) labs for identifying this virus, as we believed they would during the several days necessary for thorough testing. We will continue to work closely with IDPH and follow all proper procedures for the care and treatment of inmates and the safety and security of them and our hardworking staff at Danville CC.