- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - Officials say five inmates at the state prison complex in Cranston have been diagnosed with chickenpox or shingles.

The Department of Corrections said in a statement that the medical director at the Adult Correctional Institutions diagnosed four men with chickenpox and one with shingles.

The Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/1UfAEqI ) reports that they’re all being treated in medical isolation to prevent further spread.

The Department of Corrections and the Department of Health are working to check the chickenpox vaccination and chickenpox immune status of inmates and staff.

If the status is unclear, people will receive vaccinations. A large majority of inmates and staff are believed to already be immune.

He says there are no transfers in or out of maximum security at this time.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com


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