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Lockdown lifted in Legionnaires' outbreak battle

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The door is now open for investigators to study the possible link between the Flint water crisis and an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Genesee County. 

The Michigan Court of Appeals on Tuesday, Dec. 21 vacated Protective Orders that blocked McLaren Hospital and the Genesee County Health Department from talking to the state.

McLaren Flint Hospital initially took legal action against the DHHS earlier this year, filing a request with the state court of appeals and asking the court to keep the DHHS away from the hospital while the attorney general’s criminal investigation continued.

Three current or former DHHS employees are facing criminal charges for their alleged roles in the Flint water crisis. Thirteen people total have now been charged in the investigation.

According to the Detroit News, McLaren’s attorneys said the hospital was a victim of numerous crimes and cover-ups by state employees, including workers from DHHS.

There have been 16 reported cases of Legionella in Genesee County this year. Twelve people have died since the outbreak began in 2014.

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

There is speculation that the outbreak is connected to the Flint water crisis, but no direct link has been made. 

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