Flint hospital finds Legionnaires bacteria in its water source

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Saturday, January 23, 2016
Legionnaires disease in Flint water

FLINT, MI (KTRK) -- As federal, state and city officials work to resolve a water contamination crisis, a Flint, Michigan hospital says it has discovered legionnaires bacteria in its water.

McLaren Hospital says the levels of legionnaires in their water system is low, but that hospital administrators saw a spike in cases tied to the bacteria after Flint switched the city's water source two years ago.

Lead has also been found in the water, creating a citywide crisis.

The hospital says legionnaires disease has killed several patients at the hospital.

A state health official meanwhile says there is still no evidence the water source change caused the legionnaires' cases.

The disease is a respiratory infection usually spread through mist.