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New case of Legionnaires' as state, health officials battle in court

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A new case of Legionnaires' disease was discovered in Genesee County as the battle between the state and local health officials continues in court.

This is the ninth case of the disease this year and speculation surrounding a possible link between legionella and the Flint water crisis grows.

However, no direct link can be made between the two because of a court order blocking McLaren Hospital and the Genesee County Health Department from talking to the state.

Danny McCree said he feels the situation is being treated like a third world country.

“...When people die, it’s swept under the rug,” he said.

As McCree was loading up to get bottled water at a distribution site off Dort Highway, he said he found it hard to comprehend ever drinking Flint water again - especially when health officials cannot confirm whether the once contaminated lead-laced water is not associated with the legionella outbreak.

"I'll never trust the water system again. That's my answer it's that simple. To go to it like we use to, to get a drink of water - filter or not,” McCree said.

Those thoughts where shared by many of the Flint residents who drove up to get their water supply.

They echoed their concerns about the water and legionella and how in some respect they feel like Flint residents are now the forgotten people.

"When you think about legionella and what it did to those nine lives it's scary,” one resident said.

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia with symptoms including fever, chills and a cough.

It’s spread through moisture in the air.

Small droplets from anything ranging from a hot tub that hasn’t been cleaned properly, air conditions, plumbing systems and even fountains.

If you think you’ve been infected, you should see a doctor right away. 

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