15th Legionnaires’ case reported in Genesee County

Jim Lynch
The Detroit News

Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services reported a new case of Legionnaires’ disease in Genesee County — the 15th recorded this year.

The case centers on an unidentified male resident who was identified by McLaren Hospital in Flint.

“Today, (HHS) also issued a Health Alert Network notification to advise the healthcare community in Genesee County of the ongoing need for vigilance and appropriate testing,” the agency announced in a press release Tuesday. The release characterized the case as a “possible healthcare associated exposure.”

Genesee County and Flint have seen an alarming rise in the number of Legionnaire’s cases and deaths in the 21/2 years since the city changed the source of its drinking water. While under the control of an emergency financial manager appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, the city moved from Lake Huron water treated to prevent corrosion to Flint River water that was untreated.

That failure to properly apply corrosion control chemicals is believed to have led to lead contamination, as well as the increase in cases of Legionnaire’s disease. From June 2014 through October 2015, 91 people contracted the respiratory illness and 12 died.


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