49 Female Inmates Poisoned By Gas At US Prison

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Nearly
50 female inmates at a central Pennsylvania prison have been treated for carbon
monoxide poisoning.
A
statement from York County says five inmates remained hospitalized as of this
morning. The remaining 44 have been returned to the York County Prison.
The
women fell ill Wednesday evening (local time) in a prison dormitory.

Officials
say a preliminary investigation indicates the deadly odorless and colorless gas
may have come from the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

That
system has been shut down. The county’s statement says carbon monoxide levels
have returned to normal.
About
215 women are incarcerated at the facility, 136 kilometres west of
Philadelphia.
Prisoners
living in the affected unit have been relocated to other areas in the facility.
Warden
Mary Sabol tells the York Daily Record she and the prison board will discuss
installing CO detectors.

AP

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