News

Rocky prisoners isolated, lock-down to last weeks

ISOLATED: Two units of prisoners at a Central Queensland prison have been quarantined.
ISOLATED: Two units of prisoners at a Central Queensland prison have been quarantined.

UPDATE: 5.27pm: 

PRISONERS at a Central Queensland prison have been quarantined to stop the spread of a harmful disease.

Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) confirmed three prisoners at the Capricornia Correctional Centre (CCC) in Etna Creek, 20km north of Rockhampton, have already contracted the infectious disease.

All three were diagnosed last Friday.

A QCS spokesman said prisoners in two entire undisclosed units have been isolated.

He said those prisoners would remain in lock-down for 21 days which is "in line with procedures aimed at limiting the spread of infection".

"Chicken pox does occur in the community from time to time and there is an increased risk of spread in places where people live close together, such as the correctional centre," she said.

The illness, which can cause complications in adults, begins with cold like symptoms such as a mild fever, headache, runny nose and cough, according to Queensland Health.

But with a day or two, it advances to a rash, starting as small pink blotches, but rapidly progressing to itchy blisters, which usually last three to four days before drying out and turning into scabs.

A spokesperson for QCS said the quarantined prisoners would be unable to move through the facility which included the use of video conferencing facilities for court matters.

Two men currently in custody at the CCC were due to appear in Rockhampton court yesterday afternoon, but were unable to attend as they were part of the quarantined group.

QCS has been arranging "alternative scheduling of matters" for prisoners affected by confinement at the facility, which houses around 500 males. 

EARLIER:

A CHICKENPOX outbreak at Rockhampton's Capricornia Correctional Centre has caused disarray in the state's court system.

Queensland Corrective Services has confirmed three prisoners at Capricornia Correctional Centre in Etna Creek, 20km north of Rockhampton, were diagnosed with the infectious disease last Friday.

A spokeswoman said prisoners in two undisclosed units have been confined and will remain locked down for 21 days "in line with procedures aimed at limiting the spread of infection".

This means prisoners in the two units at the Mackay courthouse are unable to move through the facility and can't videolink with courts for proceedings.

READ: The deadly warning signs regarding measles.

However, videolinks are unaffected in other parts of the prison facility.

Queensland Corrective Services has been arranging "alternative scheduling of matters" for prisoners affected by confinement.

Capricornia holds about 500 male prisoners in total.

In Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning, Magistrate Damien Dwyer said he would have to push back a number of matters for a week due to the situation.

Chickenpox (varicella) is a highly contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus.

It starts with cold-like symptoms such as a mild fever, headache, runny nose and cough, according to Queensland Health.

A day or two later a rash begins, starting as small pink blotches but rapidly progressing to itchy blisters which usually last three to four days before drying out and turning into scabs.

Chickenpox is more severe in adults than children and can cause serious and even fatal illness in individuals of any age with weakened immune systems.

The disease can also cause shingles in later life.

Topics:  capricorn correctional centre editors picks


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

WARNING: Dodgy door-knockers spark Coast scam alert

SCAM: Door knockers claiming to be collecting for the Salvation Army in the Coolum and Peregian area are not legitimate.

Why you shouldn't give these people your personal information

"There were times I cried because I'm not normal”

INSPIRING EMPLOYEE: Brianna Grice has overcome challenges to gain employment.

"There were times I cried because I'm not normal”

Research shows your genes play a big role in religiosity

Is religion a matter of faith or of genetics?

Researchers have found surprising correlations using twin studies.

Local Partners

Life as a Muslim in a Catholic school

Abdul Malik said he's come to learn more about his faith through talking about Islam with others.

Country music stars coming to Ipswich

Ipswich will get it's country on when The Country Superstars Tribute Show hits town on Friday, June 30 at Brothers Leagues Club.

A UNIQUE tribute show will bring a bit of country into the city.

Shoes make difference to kids in Zambia

MANY SHOES: Toowoomba Grammar School's Adrian Irwin and Fairholme College's Libby Stumer with shoes collected for children in Zambia.

Students are making a difference, creating a new project

Chance to own a piece of Burke and Wills history

Burke and Wills venue manager Jodie Spence. The hotel which has closed to begin major renovations, will be having a sale Sunday June 18 of all furniture which includes, lamps, beds, paintings, blankets.

Vintage lovers and antique collectors are in for a treat

Rapper accidentally drops Banksy's real name in interview

THE shine might just have been taken off bling-toothed British rapper Goldie after he appeared to have revealed the identity of mysterious artist Banksy.

Mariah Carey slammed for on-set antics

Mariah Carey’s cameo in the movie The House was reportedly scrapped.

Actor spills the beans on Mariah’s “borderline abusive” behaviour.

Celebrity chef Darren Simpson dead after long illness

Celebrity chef Darren Simpson has died.

Celebrity chef died after battle with an alcohol-related illness

Ellen shames audience member

Ellen shamed an audience member who stole from her gift shop.

TALK show host catches audience member stealing from her gift shop.

Millionaire’s riches to rags experiment

Businessman Tim Guest swapped his comfortable lifestyle for 10 days to experience what it is like to be homeless.

Businessman discovers harsh realities of homelessness in new series.

Prince Harry says young royals don't want to take the throne

Britain's Prince Harry.

Prince Harry says young royals don't want to take the throne

Rebel Wilson to give away her defamation payout

Actor Wilson says she won't keep a cent of her defamation payout

Open for inspection: Coast homes go on show

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Residents powerless to stop Airbnb ‘party houses’

A photo of a bucks party at a short-term rental in the Watergate Apartments in Melbourne’s Docklands, presented to a Victorian parliamentary committee into changes to laws governing short-stay accommodation.

Residents band together to fight the rise of AirBnB 'party houses'

Mining giants in fight that could spell disaster for NQ town

STAND OFF: There are perfectly good homes for workers, but mining company QCoal could be forced to build a camp and the deserted streets and empty houses of Glenden would remain.

How two mining companies could ruin this small town

Home owners settling to make way for Mackay Ring Road

The Clarkson family's home was moved just down the road from their former land at Stotts Road, Te Kowai, which was resumed by TMR.

But some are still clinging on, fighting for a better deal

Three historic M'boro hotels on the market

The Lamington Hotel Motel, Maryborough. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Three historic Maryborough hotels are on the market.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!