Thousands inmate evacuated after rat-borne disease outbreak in S Africa prison
Sept.20, Cape Town: At least 4,000 prisoners are being evacuated from the Pollsmoor Detention facility near Cape Town after prisoners are infected by rat-borne disease. At least one inmate died from the disease.
Spokesperson for the department of correctional services Manelisi Wolela said that on Saturday that around 4,100 detainees were being evacuated to prevent a massive outbreak of a disease, blamed on the inmates' close proximity to rats, Al Jazeera reported.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said the infection, known as leptospirosis, is carried in rat urine and conditions at the prison were likely to faciliate more infections.
The latest developments come as the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) condemned the continued "inhumane conditions" at the Pollsmoor prison, describing them as a matter of national concern.
The Oslo Times