State offers report showing prosecutor's claims of pneumonia deaths is inaccurate

State of Michigan disputes prosecutors claim that pneumonia deaths rose 400-percent in 2014 and 2015. (Photo Credit: Drew Moore/Weyi)

FLINT, Mich. - Special Prosecutor Todd Flood introduced evidence in the Flint Water Crisis hearing against Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon that allegedly showed pneumonia deaths in Flint rose 400-percent in 2014 and 2015.

The State of Michigan took note of that claim and fired back with its own report showing something much different on Tuesday afternoon.

Department of Health and Human Services officials provided their own report showing Flood’s number were greatly exaggerated. Here’s the statement that was released with part of their findings:

We shared this analysis of pneumonia cases with the Genesee County Health Department, Genesee County Medical Society, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2017.
Looking at this report, as well as 2015 data which has been finalized since then (the attached report includes provisional 2015 data), we compared the total pneumonia and influenza deaths in 2012 and 2013 to the totals for 2014 and 2015.
We have no evidence to support the claim that there has been a 400 percent increase; rather we found that:
Genesee County deaths increased 51 percent (121 to 183 deaths)
City of Flint deaths increased 74 percent (23 to 40 deaths)
Flint Township deaths increased 50 percent (12 to 17 deaths)
Out Township (Not flint city or township) deaths increased 46 percent (86 to 126 deaths)
While there was an increase in pneumonia deaths in Genesee County in 2014 and 2015, it is important to note that several other counties presented with a similar increase in 2014, followed by a decrease in 2015 for pneumonia deaths.
Additionally, compared to previous years, there was an increase in influenza reports in Genesee County during this time period with no associated increase in influenza deaths.
This indicates that some pneumonia deaths may not have been accurately reported as influenza-related. Only pediatric influenza-related deaths are required to be reported in Michigan.

See their full report below.

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