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San Quentin inmate Kenneth Brydon on the breakout of Legionnaire's Disease

Kenneth Brydon (standing on the far right) was treated for symptoms of Legionnaire's Disease

The outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease at San Quentin State Prison in the last week sickened six inmates and sent dozens more to the medical ward. The disease, which can be transmitted through water, forced plumbing shutdowns at the penitentiary. Kenneth Brydon is one of the inmates who was treated for symptoms including diarrhea. He phoned KALW contributor Nancy Mullane to talk about how the disease has disrupted the prison.

It's a journey. And, you know, it's taken us out of all the programs, but they're going to start giving us some of our privileges back. And all the volunteers are not allowed in. So we're dead in the water on a lot of levels. - Kenneth Brydon

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Nancy Mullane develops, reports, and produces feature stories for This American Life, National Public Radio, and KALW. She is the author of the book Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption.