Health officials have confirmed a fourth case of Legionnaires’ disease in Genesee County this year, a number that tracks with historic averages, but still warrants scrutiny in light of the Flint water crisis.
The county typically finds 9 to 11 cases per year, with most occurring between July and September. None of this year’s cases has been fatal and health officials continue to search for a source, said Jennifer Eisner, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
“We know that this is the peak time of year for Legionnaires’ disease statewide, so we would expect there to be some cases,” Eisner said. “Given that the cases in Genesee County appear to be unrelated, we have no evidence of a common source outbreak at this time.”
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