Did health officials drag their heels on Legionnaires' disease? - WNEM TV 5

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Did health officials drag their heels on Legionnaires' disease?

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Around the same time lead contamination was discovered in Flint’s water, health officials learned there was a significant increase in the number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease.

From June 2014 to November 2015, at least 87 county residents developed the disease, compared with a range of between six and 13 cases in each of the four years prior.

Health officials from the Department of Health and Human Services also said they released the information about Legionnaires’ disease far ahead of schedule – even before a final report was completed.

We asked those officials if they believed the spike in cases is connected to the water crisis.

They said they don't have any evidence there is a residential water issued with Legionnaires' disease.

Officials also highlighted that Legionnaires’ disease is not a communicable disease. You cannot get contract Legionnaires’ from others with the illness.

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