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Dec 19, 2014

12:47:46 GMT--Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: BH-20141219-46378-USA

Date / time: 19/12/2014 12:46:43 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Illinois

Location: Chester [Menard Correctional Center]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


A southern Illinois maximum-security state prison is in lockdown because five inmates in one housing unit have developed chickenpox. Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer told the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers Thursday that three cases of chickenpox at the Menard Correctional Center have been resolved. He says two other prisoners at the lockup near Chester are in isolation. Shaer says it's unclear how long the lockdown will be in effect. He adds that, as a precaution, the prison has halted transferring inmates.

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