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Medical society: Flint water not necessarily safe

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The Center for Disease Control announced earlier this month Flint's water is safe to consume if it's run through a water filter.

The Genesee County Medical Society said there's a catch. They released a report warning Flint water customers to be cautious before returning to tape water for drinking and cooking.

The statement claims data used to determine the water was safe was collected before a flushing program last month. It said residents should test their water again before trusting the water.

"I was washing my mom with it and she'd break out in blotches. So I figured if it's doing that to her it's still not safe to drink," said Michael Petrick, Flint resident.

Petrick said it's hard to tell who or what to believe regarding the water.

"All these reports that come out that say this is fine. Then they say no it's not fine," Petrick said.

The GCMS is stepping in with new advice. The group of doctors meet and discuss health issues like the water crisis.

"We feel very strongly about making sure the water levels are at the lowest point possible," said Dr. Gerald Natzke, with GCMS.

Last week the EPA and the CDC said it was safe for anyone to drink properly filtered Flint water. Natzke said that testing happened before the city's water system was flushed in May.

"That flushing may have dislodged more of the particulate matter and we're concerned it may have gotten caught in aerators and may have increased the amount of lead in the system," Natzke said.

The medical society suggests if your filter isn't working properly or you're high risk, you should consider drinking bottled water.

"People whose immune systems are at risk and children and pregnant females," Natzke said.

He also said water filters do not filter out legionella. So those at high risk for pneumonia should also stay on bottled water.

"They would do well to continue to test their water for lead on a frequent basis," Natzke said.

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