The Flint Water Crisis is finally getting the international attention it deserves. The world is wondering how – in America – children could be put at risk for serious health problems and developmental delays caused by drinking and bathing in lead-laced water.
But lead isn’t the only contaminant in Flint’s water.
The water has been teeming with Legionella, bacteria that can cause severe respiratory disease, pneumonia, and even death.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has acknowledged a dramatic increase in Legionnaires’ disease. The MDHHS admitted that 86 cases of Legionnaires’ Disease, including 9 deaths, were reported in Genesee County June, 2014-March, 2015.
More than half of those had been patients at McLaren Flint Hospital.
Of course, a hospital won’t make money if it discloses a Legionnaires’ outbreak from contaminated water, and Governor Snyder’s aims for a higher office would be dashed if he revealed a water and Legionnaires’ emergency. They won’t tell the truth about what happened to the citizens of Flint or patients at McLaren Hospital.
But we will.