SAN SALVADOR – At least 2,000 inmates at five prisons in El Salvador are suffering from vomiting and diarrhea, but no one has been hospitalized, media reports said.
The inmates, who are at the prisons in La Union, Ciudad Barrios, San Miguel, Usulutan and Jucuapa, began getting sick after lunch and dinner on Friday, the La Prensa Grafica newspaper reported on its Web site.
The sick inmates are being treated for a bacterial infection, prison service spokeswoman Isabel Estrada told the newspaper.
Food samples and prisoners have been tested to try to determine what caused the poisoning, Estrada said.
El Salvador’s prisons hold 24,631 inmates, representing an overcrowding rate of 300 percent, bureau of prisons figures show.
The Central American country’s 21 prisons have the capacity to hold just 8,300 inmates.