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7 December 2017 Area of Lincoln prison isolated after suspected Legionnaires' disease death

posted 13 Dec 2017, 06:44 by Ian Clarenbone

Specialist teams have descended on HMP Lincoln after a man died from a possible case of Legionnaires' disease. Graham Butterworth, 71, died at the Greetwell Road jail on Monday, December 5.

And now the prison, which has capacity for up to 738 inmates, has isolated shower areas on one wing to investigate the possible case of the deadly disease. The prison are treating it as an isolated case and no other prisoners or members of staff have shown symptoms at this stage.

A spokesperson for the MOJ said: "HMP Lincoln prisoner Graham Butterworth died in custody on December 5, 2017. As with all deaths in custody there will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.”

The prison are now investigating the man's death with Public Health Lincoln and other health organisations.  A spokesperson for Public Health England said: "Public Health England along with HMP Lincoln, the Ministry of Justice and other health partners are investigating a possible case of Legionnaires' disease in an inmate at HMP Lincoln. Sadly the individual has died and our thoughts are with their family at this time. Further testing is being carried out to confirm Legionnaires disease and precautionary measures have been taken within the prison to isolate shower areas on one wing and water samples have been sent for testing."

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