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8th Legionnaire's disease case confirmed in Genesee County

McLaren Hospital in Flint and the Genesee County Health Department have been working with the Centers for Disease Control since a court order is preventing local officials from talking directly with the state health department.
Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio
McLaren Hospital in Flint and the Genesee County Health Department have been working with the Centers for Disease Control since a court order is preventing local officials from talking directly with the state health department.

State officials are confirming an eighth case of Legionnaire's disease in Genesee County.

A press release from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says state health department officials can’t say much about the latest case because of a court order preventing it from talking directly to Genesee County health officials.

The court order is part of a criminal probe of the Flint water crisis, which includes the state health department.  

Former state epidemiologist Corinne Miller pleaded no contest this week to a charge of neglect of duty for failing to act on evidence of a deadly Legionnaire's outbreak in 2014.

A dozen people died and dozens more were sickened during an outbreak from 2014 through 2015. 

The Snyder administration argues the court order is preventing it from doing its job now.

The Court of Appeals will hear legal arguments over the court order in a few weeks.

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