Don Kooy, president of McLaren Hospital, and experts say that they suspect the Flint River as the source of Legionella bacteria that were found in the hospital’s water system over a year ago.
Kooy was surprised that, although the bacteria were discovered over a year ago, the health agencies did not inform the public of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Genesee County until just a few weeks ago. Flint residents’ complaints of dirty tap water had been going on for some time, but little information was provided to the public.
“It’s a public health issue,” said Kooy. “There were people in the city of Flint seeing brown water. It would seem logical that there would have been public reporting or public awareness about the Legionella situation.”
To date, there have been t least 87 Legionnaires’ disease cases and nine deaths due to Legionnaires’ disease in Genesee County.
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