Illness identified as fungus

Illness identified as fungus

DANVILLE -- Federal health officials believe a fungus is making inmates sick at an area prison.
DANVILLE -- Federal health officials believe a fungus is making inmates sick at an area prison. Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating an illness at the Danville Correctional Center which sickened about 100 prisoners since August.

False positive test results first pointed to a virus, but state investigators now believe it was caused by a fungus found in soil which can be inhaled. It's been a week since the last inmate became sick. There are over 1,800 inmates at the prison.

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