Pneumonia Outbreak Reported at Prison in Big Spring

BIG SPRING, Texas (AP) - Officials are trying to find the cause of a pneumonia outbreak at the federal prison in Big Spring.

By Friday, 25 cases of an unknown type of pneumonia had been identified from an inmate population of 1,707. Initially, two inmates were diagnosed in November, according to a statement from the prison.

The institution is under normal operations, and visitation has not been affected. Those who are diagnosed with pneumonia are being housed separately for 48 hours and responding well to antibiotics, according to the statement.

The prison is working with health officials "for further evaluation to assist in identifying the exact cause of the pneumonia."