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Spike in Legionnaires' Disease Cases Reported in Michigan

January 14, 2016 << Back to News

More than 80 cases of Legionnaires' disease have been reported in Flint, MI, since June 2014.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services officials have confirmed 87 cases of the disease, including 10 fatalities. Almost half of the cases (47 percent) have been linked directly to Flint’s public water supply, reports Fox News.

City and state health officials, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are currently investigating Flint’s water supply, which has shown elevated levels of lead since the city switched tap water sources in 2014. Members of the Michigan National Guard began distributing bottled water to all Flint residents earlier this week.