Testing of water at the University of Michigan-Flint (UM-Flint) campus in September has revealed the presence of Legionella pneumophilia in three locations in the Riverfront Residence Hall, according to an analysis report recently published.
Despite the test reports, The Genesee County Health Department (GCHD) has confirmed that none of the county’s reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease are connected to the University of Michigan-Flint and no illnesses have been reported.
“Please let me reassure you that in checking with the Centers for Disease Control I have been told that these test results do not indicate immediate risk to our campus or community,” says Susan Borrego, U of M Flint Chancellor.
UM-Flint Environmental Health and Safety says all students living in First Street Residence Hall have filters installed in their rooms and in common cooking areas. We also made filters available to all students living at Riverfront Residence Hall, regardless of which institution they attend.
On Sep 29, GCHD reported investigating the 10th Legionnaires’ disease case of 2016. For the period of 2014-2015, health officials recorded scores of cases, including 12 deaths.