San Quentin Prison Confirms Six Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease, Partially Restores Water System
On Sunday, San Quentin prison officials confirmed six cases of Legionnaires' disease at the Marin County facility, with another 51 inmates being monitored after showing signs of respiratory illness. Officials also said the prison's water system has been partially restored after being turned off on Friday. State health officials said the disease, which can cause severe and sometimes fatal pneumonia, typically is transmitted through aerosolized water or inhaling contaminated soil.
- "Several San Quentin Prison Inmates Have Tested Positive for Legionnaires' Disease" (Dolan, "L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 8/30).
- "6 Confirmed Cases in San Quentin Legionnaires' Outbreak" (Goldberg/Brekke, KQED, 8/30).
- "Legionnaires' Disease Case at San Quentin Prison Prompts Shutoff of Water" (St. John, "Political," Los Angeles Times, 8/28).