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Part of Castaic jail locked down after meningitis scare

May 14, 2009 |  3:14 pm


The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has placed a section of the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic on lockdown after a possible outbreak of meningitis, a department spokesman said today.

The Pitchess South compound, which houses 230 inmates, was ordered quarantined Tuesday when an inmate became ill, said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore. The area was expected to be locked down for a week.

"We will assure that the compound will be disinfected, thoroughly cleaned and ready for new inmates," Whitmore said.

Tests were being conducted to determine if the sick inmate had contracted meningitis or another illness.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: 2006 photo of the Pitchess entrance. Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times