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Legionella found at Kent prison

24th August 2007

The Legionella bacteria has been found in the water system of a prison in Kent.

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that inmates in one wing of Maidstone Prison have been moved to other jails.

Dr Mathi Chandrakumar, from Kent Health Protection Unit, said no prisoners had been affected but a staff member was reported to have shown symptoms. The prison currently holds nearly 600 inmates in four residential wings and one segregation unit. Maidstone MP Ann Widdecombe praised the prison authorities for responding quickly to the situation.


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