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Angola inmate recovers from West Nile Virus; prison officials taking preventative measures

6 years 10 months 5 days ago Thursday, July 20 2017 Jul 20, 2017 July 20, 2017 1:29 PM July 20, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Alicia Serrano

ANGOLA – An inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary has recovered from the first known case of West Nile Virus at the prison, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections confirmed. 

The inmate, who has not been identified and only described as middle-aged, was diagnosed with the virus after he recently experienced flu-like symptoms and was tested. He has since fully recovered, officials say. 

Prison officials say they are taking measures to try to prevent any more cases of the West Nile Virus at the facility.

"Prison officials are aware that we are in West Nile Virus season, and we are taking precautions to protect our offenders, workers and visitors," Ken Pastorick, communications director of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, said. 

Pastorick says the department is spraying the perimeter of the prison and looking for options for nonflammable mosquito repellent for the inmates and workers at the facility. 

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