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Email suggests DHHS knew of Legionnaire's outbreak long before public was alerted

Former chief medical executive Dr. Matthew Davis received an email on the Genesee County Legionnaires' outbreak nearly a year before its public announcement.
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Former chief medical executive Dr. Matthew Davis received an email on the Genesee County Legionnaires' outbreak nearly a year before its public announcement.

 

Did the Michigan Department of Health and Human services know about a possible Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Genesee County a year before it was publicly disclosed? Emails recently released by Governor Rick Snyder’s administration raise that question.

Dr. Matthew Davis, who served as the state’s chief medical executive and on Snyder’s Flint water task force, has previously denied knowledge of the increase of Legionnaires’ cases in Genesee County prior to leaving his post in April 2015.

But these emails, sent to a number of high-level DHHS officials, put that claim into doubt.

Detroit News reporter Chad Livengood joined Stateside to explain what these emails could show about how the state handled the Legionnaires’ outbreak.

GUEST Chad Livengood is a reporter for the Detroit News at their Lansing Bureau.

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