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Resource ID: #28663
Subject: Water
Source: Abby Ellis & staff
Affiliation: PBS FRONTLINE
Date: 2019-09-10



FRONTLINE’s hour-long documentary Flint’s Deadly Water is the most comprehensive investigation ever done into one of the largest Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks in U.S. history, which happened in the shadow of Flint’s lead poisoning crisis in 2014-15. The film exposes the decisions that led to the outbreak, the public officials who allowed it to continue — and their efforts to obstruct legal and scientific investigations once it subsided.

Most significantly, the film examines Michigan’s official death toll for the outbreak. Its groundbreaking original reporting — a combination of cutting-edge statistical analysis and old-fashioned public records research — found that the actual number of deaths was likely many times higher than the state’s official count of 12.

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