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Son reflects on Legionnaire's disease after it killed his mom last year

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

The first case of Legionnaire's disease in Genesee County this year was confirmed.

The disease killed at least 12 people in the county over the past two years, including Debbie Kidd.

She loved getting the family together. Her son said she was the rock.

"She was just family oriented. She just loved her grandkids," said Troy Kidd, Debbie Kidd's son.

He said it's easy to capture that love, but memories are all he has now. Last July she went to the hospital with flu-like symptoms and never came home.

"Wound up being diagnosed with Legionnaire's disease, fought like hell for about a week and that was it," Troy Kidd said.

She died from a lung infection on Aug. 1. Troy Kidd thinks his mom got the disease from a visit to a Flint hospital a week before her death.

He said the news of another case of Legionnaires in Genesee County is haunting.

"To hear, here we are a year later and have our first case showing up again in Genesee County. It makes you wonder what is going on," he said.

The Genesee County Health Department confirmed an older man is hospitalized with the first case this year. They're trying to figure out where he got it.

"That's what we're looking into, but we're not aware of any connection to the city of Flint or the city's water supply," said Mark Valacak, with the Genesee County Health Department.

Between 2014 and 2015 91 people were diagnosed with the disease, 12 of them died. That time frame coincides with the city's switch to the Flint River as its water source.

However, there is still no definitive link between Flint's water and the disease.

"We want to do a thorough investigation of any new cases that occur," Valacak said.

It has been nearly a year since Troy Kidd lost his mother. he said it's pain nobody should have to endure.

"You think you are just kind of feeling like crap. You go to the doctor, you get feeling better. We didn't ever think that 'hey, it's a bacteria that's going to take your life,'" he said.

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