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Crippling bacterial infection sweeps Flint, Michigan because residents are too scared to bathe in lead-infected water and use baby wipes instead

Daily Mail
By Mia De Graaf For Dailymail.com | Published: 11:05 EST, 4 October 2016 | Updated: 15:51 EST, 4 October 2016

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Flint, Michigan, has confirmed an outbreak of a highly infectious bacterial disease – caused by residents being too scared to bathe in lead-contaminated water.

So far 53 residents in Flint have contracted shigellosis – a virus that causes bloody diarrhea, fever, and nausea. It is usually the result of poor hygiene. A total of 84 cases have been recorded in Genesee County.

It is the latest health crisis to hit the city two years after lead contaminated the water system, leaving scores of residents with potentially life-long side effects.

City health officials claim it is the direct result of residents being too scared to wash themselves with possibly contaminated water. Officials say that instead, they are washing themselves with free baby wipes handed out at rescue centers set up to provide bottled water following the 2014 lead contamination of the town’s water supply.
 
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