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Doctors warn of disease-causing organisms in Flint's drinking water

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A Mid-Michigan doctor held a press conference Friday to warn the public about the threat of dangerous organisms in Flint’s drinking water.

Dr. Stephanie Baiyasi wanted to alert the public about the threat of opportunistic pathogens, organisms that can cause disease in people with weak immune systems, in Flint’s drinking water.

Dr. Zigmond Kozicki was also at the presser. Kozicki has requested the Genesee County Health Department to being taking drinking water samples from schools, health care facilities, government buildings, restaurants and private residences in Flint.

The samples would test for OPs. The request was made Thursday, according to Kozicki.

Baiyasi listed a number of ways Flint residents can reduce their risk of OPs. Those include raising the hot water heater temperature to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, regularly clean and disinfect showerheads, and use pope materials with low biofilm potential.

Kozicki said Flint, along with other Michigan cities, are at the end of the expected usefulness of their drinking water infrastructure.

“Old decaying and broken water infrastructure pipes allow contaminants to enter the distribution system after water leaves the water treatment plant. This is an environment that promotes the growth of opportunistic pathogens,” Kozicki said.

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