Flint Family Wants Answers After Legionnaires’ Death

According to mlive.com, A woman whose husband died of Legionnaires disease at a Flint hospital in August now fears the city’s water may have caused his death. Terri Nelson of Flushing said, “I’m just angry,” in response to learning that state officials are probing a possible link between Flint water and Legionnaires disease. Nelson wants answers on whether her husband’s Legionnaires’ was caused by Flint water.

Flint water has drawn international attention after a state of emergency was declared over fears of health risks following a switch to river water for the city’s main drinking source.

Dwayne Nelson, Terri’s husband, spent 7 days at a McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint after contracting Legionnaires following an earlier hospitalization for issues with his stent at the hospital. Within days of his hospitalization, Dwayne was diagnosed with Legionnaire’s Disease. A day later, he was dead.

Nelson was among the 10 people who died of Legionnaires’ in Genesee County between June 2014 and November 2015. In all, 87 people in the county contacted the disease. In a June 2015 report on the outbreak, which focused on 45 cases of Legionnaires’ Disease, explored each victim’s potential connection to the Flint water system and Flint-based medical facilities.

Though it is unclear if the outbreak was caused by Flint’s water supply state officials have said people who lived in homes with Flint water or had been treated at local hospitals including McLaren and Hurley Medical Center could had potentially contracted Legionnaire’s Disease.