Spike in Legionnaires' disease cases may be related to Flint water crisis; 10 deaths, 87 cases

DETROIT (WXYZ) - During a press conference to provide updates on the Flint water crisis, health officials said they have been monitoring a spike in cases of Legionnaires' disease cases near Flint.

Health officials were joined by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder as they announced that there have been 10 deaths related to 87 documented cases of Legionnaires' disease in Genesee County over about the last year and a half.

Officials say it is not yet clear whether the Legionnaires' disease cases are related to the water crisis that also left high lead levels in Flint water.

Health department representatives said they believe water in Genesee County is still safe to bathe in.

Stay with WXYZ.com and 7 Action News as this story develops.

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