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Report: State's top doctor knew about Legionnaires' disease

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

New information has been released about a deadly disease outbreak that some experts suggest is linked to Flint's water crisis.

According to the Detroit News, the state's top doctor knew about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Genesee County almost a year before it was revealed to the public.

E-mails released by Gov. Rick Snyder's office show Dr. Matthew Davis was briefed on the outbreak in January of 2015.

Davis was the state's chief medical executive at the time, but the Detroit News said he denied knowing about the outbreak before leaving that post the following April.

"This is what happens when you have appointed officials that come from out of this community to run this community and the elected officials don't play a part," said Scott Kincaid, with Flint City Council.

Kincaid blames the latest leak in the Flint water crisis on lack of control for those he believes could have made a difference.

Davis is on record stating he had no knowledge of the Legionnaire's outbreak prior to his April 2015 departure from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services,

Flint natives like Edward Harrison believe this is another example of the state of Michigan's lack of sensitivity when it comes to Flint and its water woes.

"Hey, let them keep doing it and keep doing the same thing and they don't get nothing for it. And people are suffering, some died. And they just wipe it off, that's what happens," Harrison said.

The Legionnaire's outbreak ended up killing 12 people over 18 months.

Experts have suspected Flint's water system contributed to the outbreak, but have not found a definitive link.

"It's really disheartening to know that the governor and his staff knew about the this and didn't react a lot faster. And I think it shows that he knows from the amount of time and money that he's spending here and if it wasn't for that he won't be here doing what he's doing today," Kincaid said.

Harrison believes some crimes have been committed in Flint and someone has to pay.

"I think they should go to jail and get some time for it. I don't think there should be no question about it," Harrison said.

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