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Operations back to normal at Danville prison

Published: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

DANVILLE – Illinois prison officials said Danville Correctional Center is back to normal operations after more than 100 inmates were sickened, likely by a fungus.

Tom Shaer is a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections. He said 102 inmates became sick with what authorities believe was histoplasmosis.

That’s a fungus that’s found in some Illinois soil, which causes lung infections when the spores are inhaled.

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