Detroit News investigation reveals state’s laissez-faire response to Flint Legionnaires’ outbreak
The state of Michigan is under fire over information contained in newly released emails that show a less than urgent response to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease in Flint. We talk about it with Chad Livengood of the Detroit News and Dr. Janet Stout, a researcher from the University of Pittsburgh.
The Flint Water Crisis has mushroomed beyond a dire public health crisis to a political lightning rod rife with missteps, accusations and hints of cover-up.
Last Friday, The Detroit News reported on the state’s delayed response to cases of Legionnaires’ Disease that surfaced in Flint in early 2014. Reporters combed through some 24,000 emails voluntarily released by the Snyder administration. Some of those notes indicate the governor himself did not learn of the outbreak until months later.
Current State talks with Chad Livengood, the capitol reporter for The Detroit News, and an expert on Legionnaires’ Disease, Dr. Janet Stout, a research associate professor and president of the Special Pathogens Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh.