News and Announcements

PRISON DISEASE IS DANGEROUS TO INMATES AND STAFF

Thursday, February 16, 2006 8:21 PM
CONTAGEOUS DISEASES AT ACI and LOWELL

How long have we been telling the FDOC that not taking care of the inmates’ medical problems could lead to problems for all of us. This just came in from a staff member regarding Zephyrhills C.I. and Lowell C.I.  I thought
Floridians ought to know. Staff ought to know.


"ZCI has a virus outbreak. Medical staff are stating that it is a stomach virus which has surface qualities. In other words, it can remain alive for a period of time on surfaces which makes it highly contagious. In one of our
elderly dorms, over forty people are sick with it. Two so far have been taken to the hospital. Some staff have gotten it. Therefore visitation has been cancelled and all non-emergency transports have been cancelled.

Also Lowell C.I. had a TB outbreak. They suspended visitation for two weeks."

There is some confirmation of sorts from Zepherhills.  This came off the FDOC website:

"ANNOUNCEMENT:
Visitation will be suspended at Zephyrhills CI for Saturday, February 18, 2006 and Sunday, February 19, 2006. Any questions should be directed to the warden’s office at (813) 782-5521."

CONTACTS FOR ZCI & LOWELL and any other OUTBREAKS

E-mail the Office of Health Services at  faq.health@mail.dc.state.fl.us.