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Alleged mishandling of Flint Legionnaire’s outbreak leads to manslaughter charges for MI health chief

This is a pretty big deal.

Nick Lyon is the highest-ranking state official to be charged in the crisis.

Source: Flint Water Crisis: Michigan Health Chief Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter : NPR

The director of the Department of HHS in Michigan, Nick Lyon, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in relation to the Flint, MI Legionnaire’s outbreak. From the NPR article:

“The involuntary manslaughter charge stems from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a type of pneumonia, that spread in the city following its switch in water source. According to the indictment, Lyon knew about the outbreak but failed to alert the public. The disease killed 12 people and sickened more than 70 in 2014 and 2015, according to MLive.”

 

 

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