MDHHS identifies McLaren Flint Hospital as common source in Legionnaires outbreak

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has completed their Genesee County Legionnaires case review, according to a news release. (WEYI)

FLINT, Mich. --The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has completed their Genesee County Legionnaires case review, according to a news release.

They were only able to find one common source for the outbreak, and that was a common health facility exposure at McLaren Flint Hospital.

The MHHHS review also found that:

  • Of the 83 patients for whom a complete exposure history was available, 54 (65 percent) case patients had hospital building exposure.
  • 51 of 54 (94 percent) case patients with hospital healthcare exposures were at McLaren Flint Hospital.
  • Of the 32 cases who did not have a McLaren Flint health-care associated exposure, only nine lived on Flint water.
  • No other large building with high risk plumbing was identified as a common source of exposure.

Click here to view the full review breakdown.

Read McLaren Flint's response to MDHHS' findings below:

"We find the timing of the state’s release today to be an interesting coincidence as the first phase of the criminal proceedings against MDHHS leadership winds down. Initial review of the report reveals no new information regarding our community’s epidemic of Legionnaires’ disease in 2014 and 2015, but reflects the state’s normal pattern of attempting to shift liability away from those criminally charged.

The state’s conclusions continue to be premised on a flawed methodology that:

• fails to account for the significant number of Legionnaires’ Disease cases that had no affiliation with our hospital;

• fails to account for potential exposure to legionella outside of the home or hospital setting – a myopic focus that distorts the analysis and deflects attention away from the municipal water system;

• ignores the growing consensus among scientific researchers that the switch to the Flint River in April 2014 was the root cause and trigger of the dramatic increase in Legionnaires’ disease diagnoses in Genesee County in 2014 and 2015 – a conclusion that is reflected in peer-reviewed articles published in respected scientific journals."

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