State health officials reiterated their position on Tuesday that an outbreak of legionnaires' disease in Flint in 2014 and 2015 was one of them Locals emigrated In 1965, the Flint prosecutor's office alleged Flint's case of fatality rose 400 percent after the city changed its water supply.

The Department of Health and Human Services published the report one and a half weeks in 2014. Legionnaire's disease is a type of pneumonia.

State officials denied the allegation, and provided their own data showing a smaller increase in pneumonia d

The special prosecutor Todd Flood has been accused in the preliminary hearing for MDHHS director Nick Lyon, who is charged with careless homicide and abuse of office Hundreds of death certificates on deaths from pneumonia provoked 91 people and caused 12 deaths.

For the report on Tuesday, MDHHS broke the cases by time line, geography, potential sources and baseline data and concluded that the only common source of infection was the Flint McLaren Medical Center. The department said that 51 of the patients suffering from Legionnaires' disease had been to McLaren and no other common source of infection had been identified.

"We find the timing of the release of the state today an interesting coincidence The phase of criminal proceedings against the MDHHS leadership is declining," McLaren Hospital officials said Tuesday in a statement to The Detroit News. "The first review of the report reveals no new information about the Legionnaire's disease epidemic in 2014 and 2015, but reflects the normal pattern of attempting to avert the liability of the accused."

MDHHS has repeatedly claimed that McLaren was the source of the outbreak, an allegation that the hospital has firmly rejected. In January, state health officials McLaren and the Genesee County Health Department ordered "immediate action" to reduce the risk of Legionnaires' disease at McLaren, causing adverse reactions from the hospital and district health authorities.

McLaren Flint responded with a crushing, 137-page report that accused state officials of "groundless attacks" against the hospital and said the state pointed a finger at McLaren to get attention from the Flint city water system as a potential source of an outbreak of legionnaires distract. As a money-saving measure, changes were made to the water system while the city was under the control of an Emergency Financial Manager appointed by Governor Rick Snyder.

Several scientific studies have revealed that the cases of legionnaires were caused by changes to the water system, although their conclusions have been the subject of scientific debate.

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in February concluded that the risk of developing Legionnaires' disease was more than sixfold increased over the Flint water distribution system after the city was relocated from the Lake Huron Source of the Detroit Water System on the Flint River in April 2014.

The study was published by the Flint Area Community Health and Environmental Partnership, which was to a large extent funded by MDHHS. The research team consists of scientists from Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, Colorado State University and other institutions. The researchers concluded that the increase in Legionnaires' disease "was consistent with a system-wide spread of Legionella."

The report estimated that 80 percent of Legionnaires' disease was due to altered water supply during the outbreak [19659008] MDHHS denied the results, called the study inaccurate and incomplete, and stopped funding the research team. Health officials said the department hired an outside company, KWR Watercycle Research Institute, to do an "external, third party independent" review that found numerous errors in the analysis.

In other preparatory studies, defenders have attempted to show that there is disagreement among scientists about whether changes to the water system caused the outbreak of legionnaires.

Marc Edwards, an environmental engineer from Virginia Tech, helped uncover the problem Detecting lead in Flint's water testifies to the hypothesis of his own research team – that in tracking high lead levels in flint drinking water, there are also dangerous Legionella bacteria found in Flint households – was never reached, although higher levels of Legionella were found in two Flint hospitals, where nearly 90 percent of cases were detected.

"(U) It will be necessary to duel experts within the legal system or third-party assessments that try to reconcile the different estimates of the closure of science," said Edwards on Tuesday when he said after the contradictory scientific Evidence was asked.

"A Current Hypothesis Is This A significant portion of the outbreak was concentrated in the McLaren Hospital and the move to Flint River was also an important triggering event – these are not mutually exclusive."

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