The Flint Water Crisis has been a national tragedy that has affected the lives of thousands of people who were unaware the city water supply was contaminated with harmful substances. One of the conditons that has affected Flint is known as Legionnaires' disease, a disease is a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria. It can be serious and life-threatening, however, most people will make a full recovery with antibiotic treatment.
There has been a substantial increase in reported cases of Legionnaires' disease in the Flint, Michigan since the city changed its water source supply. Doctors and scientists are still trying to determine if there is a causal connection between the two.
Signs and symptoms of Legionnaires' disease include headache, cold chills, muscles pain, and fever. As time progresses, confusion and other mental changes can occur. Coughing, chest pains, and gastrointestinal complications also can develop. It is important to see a physician immediately if you believe you have been exposed to the legionella bacteria.
The infographic below is part of our Flint Water Crisis series of infographics. It depicts the rise in Legionnaires' disease since Flint switched its water supply to the Flint River in April 2014. The investigation into the cause of this increase is ongoing.
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