Inmates get checks after jail made them sick

March 7, 2008

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Greenville County has agreed to pay
$80,000 to settle a lawsuit with 25 prisoners who contracted
drug-resistant staph at the county jail.

The inmates accused the prison of providing substandard medical
care and failing to provide basic sanitation during the staph
outbreak nearly two years ago.

County administrator Joe Kernell confirmed the settlement to The
Greenville News, but said he did not know how the money will be
distributed.

The attorney for the prisoners Chip Howard says he can't reveal
the terms of the settlement because the final paperwork had not
been completed.

Staph infections can spread through close skin-to-skin contact
and in places with crowded living conditions and poor hygiene.


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