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Legionnaires' bacteria found in hospital's water

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A Flint hospital said it discovered a low level of Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease, in its water.

In a press release, a hospital spokesperson said the hospital noticed an increase of Legionnaries' disease patients that were going to McLaren Hospital for treatment. At that point, the hospital began aggressively testing its water supply.

Early tests in August 2014 indicated a low level of legionella. The hospital spokesperson said as soon as that was identified, they began to enact immediate measures to safeguard the quality of their water system.

The hospital installed a secondary water disinfectant system throughout the entire facility and installed lead filters on water and ice machines.

The McLaren spokesperson said no tests have determined McLaren as the source of exposure for any patients testing positive for Legionnaires' disease.

Tests continue for the disease in the water supply. 

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