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Flint Water Crisis Investigation May Reopen Under Democrat-Led House

U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings says he intends to reopen investigative hearings on the Flint water crisis when he takes the helm of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee next month. Rep. Cummings (D-Maryland) has indicated he plans to put outgoing Michigan Governor Rick Snyder back in the hot seat to clarify the extent of his knowledge of the Flint water crisis and an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in the city after state officials changed its water supply from Detroit’s water system to the heavily contaminated Flint River. Gov. Snyder told the committee in previous hearings that he “has no ... Read More

Flint Administrator’s Whistleblower Retaliation Suit Revived on Appeal

A former Flint, Michigan city administrator’s whistleblower retaliation complaint against the city has been revived by a federal appeals court. According to Michigan Radio, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals said there’s a key dispute over significant facts in Natasha Henderson’s whistleblower claim that a jury should sort out. “Henderson has mustered sufficient circumstantial evidence of a retaliatory motive to prevent summary judgment,” Circuit Judge Jane B. Stranch wrote in an opinion as part of a three-judge panel, according to MLive. In August 2017, U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox dismissed Ms. Henderson’s complaint against the city of Flint, ... Read More

Legionnaires Disease At Waco Hotel Under Investigation

Texas health authorities are investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires Disease at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Waco North in Lacy Lakeview, Texas. Local health reports show the outbreak has sickened at least seven people in the past two years. According to CenTexProud.com, the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District reported that the two most recent cases of Legionnaires Disease at the hotel occurred in July. The first cases of the disease, which can cause a severe and potentially deadly form of pneumonia, occurred in August of 2016 The Health District said it ordered the hotel to notify all guests and staff of the ... Read More

Top Michigan Health Official faces Manslaughter Charges in Flint water crisis

Michigan’s top medical chief will be tried on three criminal charges related to his handling of the Flint water crisis, including two charges of involuntary manslaughter for the deaths of two elderly men who died from Legionnaires disease amid the water crisis. Nick Lyon, who continues to serve as director of Michigan’s Health and Human Services Department, is the highest-ranking public official to date to be charged in connection to the Flint water crisis. According to the Associated Press, Michigan District Judge David Goggins said Mr. Lyon was “corrupt” in his handling of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that sickened at ... Read More

Hotel Pools and Hot Tubs Cause A Third of Swimming-Related Illness

Swimming pools are a major source of injury and death for children in the U.S., but they are also responsible for many outbreaks of waterborne disease, government health officials warn. One-third of all recreational waterborne disease outbreaks from 2000 through 2014 occurred in hotel pools and hot tubs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says in a new report. The pathogens Cryptosporidium (also known as “Crypto”), Pseudomonas, and Legionella were responsible for the largest number of outbreaks in swimming pools throughout the U.S. during the 14-year time period analyzed, according to the CDC report. The Crypto parasite is tough enough to ... Read More

Investigators Link Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak To Disneyland

Health authorities suspect an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that sickened at least 15 people in Southern California is tied to two cooling towers at Disneyland in Anaheim, but how the illness infected some of the individuals remains a mystery. Orange County health agency spokeswoman Jessica Good told the Los Angeles Times that 11 of the 15 people with confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease visited Disneyland in September. Two of those sickened in the outbreak have died. Four of those infected did not visit Disneyland. Legionnaires’ disease is caused by the naturally occurring Legionella bacteria, which exists in low concentrations in ... Read More

Top Michigan Official Charged In Connection With Flint Water Crisis Death

Michigan’s former chief medical officer has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for her part in the Flint Water crisis and a deadly outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease that stemmed from it. Dr. Eden Wells is the sixth Michigan official to be charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection to the Flint water crisis, created by government officials after a cost-cutting measure led to widespread water contamination that sickened city residents. The Michigan Attorney General’s office announced on Monday, Oct. 9, that it filed manslaughter charges against Dr. Wells, about three months after she was charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly misleading ... Read More

New Regulations Fail To Mitigate Legionnaires Disease Outbreaks in New York

New regulations passed in New York after hundreds of people became infected with Legionnaires disease in 2015 failed to reduce the number of infections reported statewide since then, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate. According to Politico, the CDC data shows that there were 718 cases of Legionnaires disease reported in 2016, a year after the state adopted stricter regulations requiring the registration, inspection, and testing of cooling towers and potable water systems for Legionella bacteria in hospitals, nursing homes, and other residential health care facilities. In 2016, an outbreak of Legionnaires disease in the ... Read More

Hotels, hospitals see increase in outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease

Contaminated water at hotels, resorts, long-term care facilities and hospitals appears to be the source of an increase in cases of Legionnaires’ disease, a severe and life threatening lung infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. Legionnaires’ disease is a serious type of pneumonia. The illness is caused by the bacterium legionella, which is found naturally in freshwater environments, like lakes and streams. It can become a public health concern when it grows and spreads in human-made water systems such as hot tubs that aren’t drained after each use, hot water tanks and heaters, large plumbing systems, cooling towers ... Read More

Legionnaire’s Death Toll Grows To 12 in Flint, Michigan

Most of the press concerning Flint, Michigan’s water crisis has focused on lead contamination and its devastating impact on many of the city’s children, but public health officials are also working to determine the extent of an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease likely tied to the corrupted water system. Michigan health officials reviewing medical data concerning the Legionnaire’s outbreak have confirmed 91 cases of the disease during the 17-month period in 2014 and 2015, a span of time correlating to the period that Flint began drawing its water from the highly contaminated Flint River instead of from Detroit and Lake Huron. ... Read More