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7th Case Of Legionnaires’ Disease Reported In Genesee County

FLINT, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – The state says another case of Legionnaires’ disease has been reported in Genesee County.

It’s the seventh this year in that county. The Michigan health department says the latest case was reported Tuesday on an electronic database by McLaren Hospital in Flint.

In a statement Wednesday, the state says it has no other details because a court order restricts what it can do with Legionnaires’ cases in Genesee County.

McLaren can talk only to the county health department on matters that could be related to Flint’s water. The state is challenging that order in a higher court.

At least 91 Legionnaires’ cases were detected in 2014 and 2015. Some experts blame Flint’s water, which wasn’t treated at the time to reduce corrosion. The attorney general’s office is investigating.

Meanwhile,  Flint children under the age of 6 had significantly higher blood-lead levels after the city switched its water source in 2014 to save money, according to report released this summer by U.S. disease experts.

“This crisis was entirely preventable, and a startling reminder of the critical need to eliminate all sources of lead from our children’s environment,” Patrick Breysse, director of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, said in a June statement.

 

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