Following a lead contamination crisis that has thrust Flint into the national spotlight, health officials now say the city has had more than half of the cases in a countywide outbreak of a highly contagious gastrointestinal illness.

State statistics show Genesee County, which includes the beleaguered city, has Michigan’s highest level of shigellosis. Genesee had 84 cases through September, while neighboring Saginaw County notched the second-largest county figure in Michigan: 47, according to the state records.

“We do know that more than one half of the Genesee County shigellosis cases have been in Flint,” said Jennifer Eisner, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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