CHICAGO (CBS) — An inmate at an Illinois prison was being treated for Legionnaires’ disease on Wednesday.
The Illinois Department of Corrections said an inmate at Stateville Correctional Center, located in Crest Hill, has been transferred to an outside hospital for treatment.READ MORE: 'You Will Die:' Jovan McPherson Charged With Shooting CPD Officer, Kidnapping Woman In Lincoln Park
No other inmates have shown any symptoms of the disease, according to an IDOC spokesperson.
The infected inmate’s cell tested negative for the disease.READ MORE: Hundreds Of Bottles Of Wine Shattered When Driver Plows Into West Ridge Convenience Store
“We are working to identify the source, and have already begun sanitizing potential areas of concern,” IDOC spokeswoman Nicole Wilson said in an email.
The Legionella bacterium is found in water or water systems, especially in warm water, such as hot tubs that have not been properly cleaned and disinfected. A person can become infected by breathing steam or mist from contaminated water.MORE NEWS: Chicago Park District Employees To Show Proof Of Vaccination By December 15
The disease is not spread from person to person, and is treatable if caught early enough.