'Unsanitary conditions' at jail raise health concerns
September 25, 2009
NEW ORLEANS — Recent reports of staph infections being contracted by inmates has led the U.S. Justice Department to threaten to file suit against the staff of the Orleans Parish Jail for "unsanitary conditions" that are posing potential health risks, according to KLFY-TV.
Brian Guilbeau, who was released after two and a half weeks when he proved he had a valid prescription for the Xanax he was found to be in possession of, contracted a staph infection that staff allegedly disregarded, the story stated.
Guilbeau said: "I made a report four times and they just pushed me off to the next shift. They never came and check on me or nothing you can see it on my neck."
Another recent case involves Todd Belaire, who had a bite wound on his leg that became infected to the point that he was unable to make morning roll call, the story noted.
Officials say they do the best they can to keep the jail clean by having inmates wash it down twice a day, also pointing out that facilities as clean as hospitals frequently have patients who develop staph infections, the story added.
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