"Definite link" found between tainted Flint water and Legionnaire's diseas

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FLINT (WJRT) - (02/05/18) - Researchers say there's a definite link between the 2014-15 outbreak of Legionnaires' disease cases in Genesee County and the switch in Flint's drinking water supply to the Flint River.

The Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership also found low chlorine levels in Flint's water system during the water crisis lead to the deadly outbreak that would claim 12 lives.

Researchers found when the water was supplied from the Flint River, Flint residents were 7 times more likely to develop Legionnaires' disease.

Data also shows the Legionnaires' outbreak at McLaren alone could not account for the increase in Legionnaires' disease cases that occurred in Flint during the water crisis.

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