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MDHHS identifies two more deaths linked to Legionnaires' outbreak in Genesee County

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has identified two more deaths associated with the Legionnaires' outbreak in Genesee County.

The two cases were identified by MDHHS personnel from hospital testing data that had recently been forwarded to the department. 

Previously, another death associated with the outbreak was originally referenced as a Shiawassee County incident, because the individual did not live in Genesee County, the MDHHS said. However, the individual was hospitalized at a Genesee County hospital during the period of developing symptoms for Legionnaires' disease.

"To date, 91 cases and 12 deaths have been identified in total for the 2014 and 2015 outbreaks in Genesee County," said Eden Wells, chief medical executive with the MDHHS.

Out of the 91 cases, 50 of them had received care at a Flint hospital that is served by the City of Flint municipal water system, said the MDHHS.

MDHHS cannot conclude that the increase is related to the water switch in Flint, nor will they rule out a possible association at this time.

At least one state senator is calling for more transparency on the issue.

"I think it's pretty clear the CDC needs to be here providing technical oversight, if not leading the effort going forward," said Sen. Jim Ananich.

See the full MDHHS report here.

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