An investigation is underway into a sickness hitting inmates at the Lexington County Detention Center.
Lexington County Sheriff’s Office said about 130 inmates are treated for a gastrointestinal illness this week. According to the State newspaper the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) went to the jail Wednesday to try and see what is causing the illness.
None of the inmates had to be taken to the hospital as of Thursday morning according to the sheriff’s office. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and a light fever.
The sheriff’s office said the cells and other common areas have undergone extensive cleaning to slow the spread of the illness.
At the start of Thursday, the jail was housing 762 inmates a sheriff’s spokesman said. The state department of corrections has the jail’s capacity as listed at 599.