Inmate at Maryland Prison Gets Legionnaires' Disease

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    An inmate at a western Maryland prison has been treated at a hospital for Legionnaires' disease, prison officials said.

    Water is being tested at the Roxbury Correctional Institution for the bacterium that causes the disease, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said. It grows in water, including air-conditioning ducts, storage tanks and rivers.

    State prisons spokesman Mark Vernarelli told The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown that it's believed the inmate contracted the disease inside the prison. The inmate was treated at a hospital for Legionnaires' pneumonia and is now at a prison infirmary.

    No other inmates are known to have been infected, Vernarelli said.

    Legionnaires' bacteria were previously found in the water at Roxbury in 2006.