LARGO — Two pods at the Pinellas County Jail have been put under quarantine after the inmates in them had come into contact with an inmate who had chicken pox, sheriff’s officials said.
The inmate who had chicken pox is no longer at the jail, but he had contact with inmates in two pods at the jail, sheriff’s spokeswoman Cristen Rensel said. The two pods were quarantined as a precautionary measure, she said, and there have been no additional reports of inmates with the disease.
No other information was available.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chickenpox can be serious, especially in babies, adults and those with weakened immune systems.
Before a vaccine was discovered, about 10,600 people were hospitalized and 100 to 150 died each year as a result of chickenpox, the CDC said.