An inmate at the Cook County Jail was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, prompting the jail to move other inmates on his tier “until further notice.”
The inmate was hospitalized July 6 with symptoms similar to those of pneumonia, according to a statement from the Cook County sheriff’s office. Tuesday, the inmate tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease, a severe bacterial infection.
No other inmates or jail staff have shown any symptoms of the disease, and inmates who were housed on his tier have been moved “until further notice,” according to the sheriff’s office.
The inmate has been in custody since last fall and is currently being treated at Stroger Hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.