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Vandalia Prison on Partial Lock Down Following Flu Cases

The Vandalia Correctional Center has been placed on Level 1 Lockdown due to two diagnosed cases of the H1N1 flu.  

Illinois Department of Corrections Director of Communications Tom Shaer says there are three other inmates showing flu-like symptoms and one other inmate with symptoms who tested negative for the flu.  He reports with the numbers so low, relative to the prison's total population of 1,679 inmates, IDOC is doing everything possible to keep it that way and is following all instructions from the Illinois Department of Public Health and county health departments.  

Two areas of the Vandalia Correctional Center are quarantined.  Those confirmed to have influenza will be housed in a separate area.  

There are now 33 confirmed cases of the flu in the Department of Corrections out of the 48,750 inmates.   All confirmed cases and even those with only symptoms are immediately isolated with those housing units quarantined and locked down.  Intense cleaning and disinfecting is taking place multiple times daily in all areas of the Vandalia Correctional Center.  

Five correctional centers are on partial Level 1 Lockdown, with only one on a full facility Level 1 Lockdown.  Shaer notes all the lock downs are precautionary/ medical, with none for security reasons.  

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