More than 100 inmates become ill at Ionia prison

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IONIA, Mich. (WOOD) — Officials are waiting on test results after more than 100 inmates at an Ionia prison became sick.

A group of inmates in one of the housing units at the Richard Handlon Correctional Facility first became sick on May 2 with some type of gastrointestinal illness, according to Michigan Department of Corrections spokesperson Chris Gautz.

The illness began spreading eventually affecting more than 100 inmates. As of Tuesday, 21 inmates were still being quarantined in their cells.

Three new cases were reported Tuesday, but officials said the numbers are going down so they hope the worst is over.

Inmates who become ill receive a clear liquid diet and are usually sick for about a day and a half, according to Gautz.

Officials say lab tests are being conducted to find out what caused the illness.

Visitation is still available for inmates who are not sick and prison activities such as deliveries are running normally.

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