- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is working with federal officials to investigate rashes reported in Flint amid the city’s drinking water crisis.

Dr. Eden Wells, the state’s chief medical executive, tells the Detroit Free Press (https://on.freep.com/1SFELPK ) that about a dozen calls to report rashes were made last week to a help line or the public health emergency coordination center in Lansing.

Wells says Tuesday concerns are taken “very seriously.”

Wells says Michigan will get help from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the effort, which involves enhanced testing, home visits and surveys.

Flint residents are facing an emergency over the city’s lead-contaminated water supply. Rashes are among a number of other health concerns raised by residents.


Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com

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