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15th Legionnaires Disease case confirmed in Genesee County

McLaren Hospital
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
McLaren Hospital

Genesee County has recorded its 15th case of Legionnaires Disease of 2016.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says the latest case of the serious respiratory disease was reported in a male patient at Flint’s McLaren Hospital.

A Genesee County health official says the man is recovering from major surgery unrelated to Legionnaires. 

None of the Legionnaires cases in Genesee County reported this year have been fatal.

Between 2014 and 2015, a dozen people died and many more were sickened by the bacterial infection that might be linked to the city’s use of the Flint River as its drinking water source.

The criminal investigation into what contributed to the Flint water crisis led to a judge blocking the state health department from communicating with local health officials. The Snyder administration is challenging that order.  

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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