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Officials Investigating Whether Flint Water Linked to Legionnaires

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    The Flint Water Plant tower is shown January 13, 2016 in Flint, Michigan.

    Michigan state bureaucrats are investigating a possible link between Flint’s water supply and two summertime outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease, NBC News reported.

    The state’s health department announced last week that there was a spike in the disease, a severe type of pneumonia transmitted through inhaled water, in Genesee County in 2014 and 2015. Ten of the 87 people who reported contacting the illness died.

    Officials said they "cannot conclude" the increase in Legionnaires' cases was related to the water emergency in Flint, though independent researchers told NBC News there likely is a connection.

    Documents obtained by the Flint Journal show health officials met with city water officials as far back as 2014 to discuss possible links between the water system and the disease.