Increase in Legionnaires' cases raises more questions in Otisville woman's death

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GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) - (1/13/16) - Was it preventable?

That's the question Troy Kidd of Otisville is asking, five months after his mom died from Legionnaire's disease. He says she spent a lot of time in Flint, where many of the county's recent cases contracted the disease.

Fifty-eight-year-old Debbie Kidd is one of 42 reported cases that came into play later in the year. Troy Kidd says she died Aug. 2, after visiting McLaren Hospital in Flint and Genesys Regional Medical Center, but also says he never found out how she contracted Legionnaires'.

"I just never got an answer from the get-go," he said. "They kind of explained how it was contracted. They said hot tubs and air conditioners and things like that. Never once said anything about just city water."

Kidd says that because his mom would travel from Otisville to Flint to babysit her grandkids and spent most of her time there. Even though the state hasn't connected the increase in Legionnaires' to the city's water emergency, the fact that 47 percent of the county's confirmed cases were on the Flint water system is alarming for him.

Kidd's first question after learning that information?

"Was her death preventable?" he said. "I still pose the same question that I had back in August. Where did it come from? How did she contract it?"

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