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Sat November 23, 2013

Dozens of Inmates Fall Ill at Oklahoma Prisons

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Seven Oklahoma prison inmates have been hospitalized in the past three weeks with symptoms of salmonella.

Department of Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie says officials don't yet know how many inmates overall were sickened by the disease. Massie tells The Oklahoman that 47 women at Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Taft reported symptoms, along with 37 inmates at the Jim E. Hamilton Correctional Center in Hodgen.

Other inmates fell ill at Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington and the Bill Johnson Correctional Center in Alva.

Massie says it's uncommon for so many inmates to fall ill at different facilities. Officials haven't found a specific cause, but the state Health Department is investigating the source of the bacteria.