Scientists hunt link between Legionella and Flint water

Michigan scientists said it’s early, but as of now, there isn’t enough evidence to confirm or deny any possible link between the rise in Legionnaires Disease in Genesee county and the water crisis in Flint.

There have been 87 reported cases of Legionnaires disease over the past year in Genesee county. Nine were fatal.

Officials said at least 35% of people who contracted the disease came into contact with the Flint water system over the last year.

Legionnaires Disease can be contracted if you come into contact with water infected by a bacteria called Legionella.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human services is examining whether or not there is a link between the rise in cases of the disease, and dangerous levels of lead in the water in Flint.

Officials said the investigation will continue.

For more information on Legionnaires disease visit the CDC here.