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Michigan officials were warned of link between Flint's water and Legionnaires' disease, emails show

Michigan officials were warned of link between Flint's water and Legionnaires' disease, emails show

High-ranking officials in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration were aware of a surge in Legionnaires' disease potentially linked to Flint's water long before the governor reported the increase to the public last month, internal emails show.

When he disclosed the rise in Legionnaires' cases on Jan. 13, Snyder said he had learned about it just a couple of days earlier. But emails obtained by the liberal group Progress Michigan through public-records requests and shared with the Associated Press show that Snyder's own office had been aware of the outbreak since last March. At the time, others in the administration were scrambling to respond to suggestions that bacteria in the...

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