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PA Prisons On Lockdown As Mystery Illnesses Probed


HARRISBURG (AP) – State prisons in Pennsylvania are on lockdown after employees at ten prisons required treatment from exposure to a yet-unidentified substance described in some cases as a liquid synthetic drug. The Department of Corrections announced the step Wednesday, the same day two guards at Somerset state prison and several guards and medical staff at Albion state prison reported feeling ill. Twenty-nine employees have gotten sick starting Aug. 6 in ten western and central prisons. Symptoms include dizziness, light-headedness, nausea, and skin tingling. The department says it doesn’t know how long the lockdown will last. It’s suspending prison visits, closing mailrooms to non-legal mail, using extra caution with newly arrived inmates, and requiring all employees to use gloves and other protective equipment.

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