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Residents shocked by revelations of disease outbreak

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Residents in a city already plagued by water problems now face a new challenge: an increase in Legionnaires’ disease.

Melissa Mays, a water activist, said it was hard enough to learn that her children tested positive for lead exposure.

"How do I know there is not Legionella living in my water heater? I can't trust what the state tells me. So where do I go with that?" Mays said.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said they cannot definitively connect the increase in Legionnaires’ disease to the ongoing water crisis.

Nonetheless, at least one state lawmaker is calling for it to be looked at.

"It's very alarming to see those types of new numbers," said Rep. Sheldon Neeley.

Neeley said he's disappointed he and other elected officials in Flint didn't find out about this sooner.

"We heard about this through the press like everyone else," Neeley said.

For Mays it's just the latest health emergency to send her family into crisis.

"What's happening now? What's next?" Mays said.

>>READ MORE: The MDHHS preliminary report on Legionnaires’ disease in Genesee County<<

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