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Agency blitzed with calls about Legionnaires'

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FLINT, MI (AP) -

An official at the Genesee County health department says the agency has been "bombarded" with phone calls from anxious residents, a day after state officials said the number of Legionnaires' disease cases had increased.

Chief health officer Mark Valacak tells The Associated Press that he "had no idea" that Gov. Rick Snyder was holding a news conference Wednesday to disclose the findings. Valacak says his department hasn't made a direct link between Flint water and bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease. State officials haven't made one either.

Valacak says it "would have been nice" if the county health department had been given advance notice. He says Flint already is stressed.

Valacak says Legionnaires' disease isn't associated with drinking tainted water. People can get sick if they inhale mist or vapor from contaminated water systems.

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