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Residence hall tests positive for Legionella bacteria

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The University of Michigan-Flint is notifying all residents of Riverfront Residence Hall that recent test results have shown the presence of Legionella bacteria.

The university was testing water samples across campus as part of its continued commitment to be proactive during the Flint water crisis.

Three locations in Riverfront showed the presence of Legionella bacteria, officials said.

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia with symptoms including fever, chills and cough. It’s spread through moisture in the air.

At this time, no students or faculty have become sick. Officials said two of the three locations that tested positive in the residence hall were unoccupied. The third was occupied by a part-time faculty member. 

The university has notified the Genesee County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control about the positive test results.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control, protocols related to notification and corrective action do not exist absent an outbreak of illness,” Chancellor Susan Borrego said. “However, the university is acting with an abundance of caution and transparency to notify you of test results.”

Borrego said the campus has already begun taking action by flushing and purging the water systems as well as changing all shower heads in the residence hall.

Healthy college students are at very low risk for becoming ill, according to the CDC and health department.

“Please let me reassure you that in checking with the Centers for Disease Control I have been told that these test results do not indicate immediate risk to our campus or community,” Borrego said. 

The campus began testing its water two years ago to ensure water quality on campus amid the lead crisis in Flint. The first tests were done in October of 2014 and by January of 2015 the university was conducting quarterly testing. 

They recently bought the Riverfront Residence Hall in April. 

Filters have been installed on sinks and fountains across campus, including all residence hall rooms. Bottled water is also available for students. 

Officials will perform testing again early next week. It can take two weeks before culture results are available. 

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