Deadly Outbreak Cause Uncovered

PUBLISHED: 4:42 PM 6 Feb 2018

Deadly Michigan Outbreak Caused By Low Levels Of Chlorine

It took investigators some time to find the connection between the water and the outbreak.

Flint, MI has another crisis.

A deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that killed hundreds of people between 2014 and 2016 in Flint, Michigan was caused by below average chlorine levels in the municipal water system.

With the water crisis still rocking the town and the deadly bacterial disease spreading throughout the entire city’s water system, authorities are panicking as this is the second deadly disease to take hold in the state.

When the Flint water crisis first began making national headlines in 2014, authorities initially believed it was a simple mistake in switching the water from Lake Huron to the Flint River.

After realizing that the water was discolored, acrid-smelling, contained lead, and was killing hundreds of people, they began admitting they made a catastrophic mistake.

Now, hundreds of residents are being taken to the hospital with cases Legionnaires’ disease, which is highly contagious.

“It’s a pneumonia, but what’s different about it is, we don’t share it like we do the flu or common cold,” said Michele Swanson, a researcher at the University of Michigan.”It’s caused by a bacterium, Legionella pneumophila, that grows in water.”

Swanson explained that contracting the bug can have fatal consequences, and lethal pneumonia has been spreading across the state at an uncontrollable rate in recent years.

“If you don’t have a robust immune system, the microbe can cause a lethal pneumonia,” Swanson said.

This isn’t the first deadly disease to take hold in the state recently.

As previously reported, several communities throughout Detroit, Michigan are battling a significant Hepatitis A outbreak, with nearly 1,000 cases of the fatal disease already reported in the state.

Public health officials in the state admitted they were struggling to adhere to the demands of containing the disease, saying there were serious concerns about it spreading across state lines.

Whether it’s Legionnaires’ disease or Hepatitis A, Michigan is dealing with two deadly diseases that are spreading across the state at an uncontrollable rate.

These are potentially deadly situations, and many should be made aware of these diseases spreading into neighboring states and creating a national epidemic.

Source: NPR