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Strange Inmate Symptoms Not Linked

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) - Health officials say the illnesses of four Val Verde County jail inmates who suffered from similar strange symptoms don't appear to be related.

A medical team including federal disease experts visited the Val Verde Correctional Facility last week to investigate the possibility of a disease outbreak.

All four of the inmates were held at the southwest Texas jail at some point starting in July.

Two of the men died in area hospitals after coming down with symptoms that included erratic behavioral changes, incontinence and respiratory illness.

Doctor Sandra Guerra-Cantu, regional medical director of the Texas Department of State Health Services, says people in the facility are safe from any ongoing exposure.

She says two of the inmates were infected with HIV, and one of those also had tuberculosis.

A third inmate was diagnosed with a mental illness and apparently did not have the other symptoms.

The fourth inmate's body was shipped to his native Honduras without an autopsy.


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