Legionnaires’ disease case prompts San Quentin prison to shut off water

  • One inmate has confirmed case and at least 16 others are hospitalized
  • Officials bring in portable toilets, bottled water and large water tanks

The water has been shut off at California’s oldest prison after an inmate was hospitalized with a confirmed case of legionnaires’ disease, officials said Friday.

At least 16 other San Quentin state prison inmates are in outside hospitals with symptoms of the disease, which is considered a severe type of pneumonia, said Dana Simas, a spokeswoman for the California department of corrections and rehabilitation.

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