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On April 25, 2014 the City of Flint, Michigan switched its drinking water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. While the primary focus of public health response to the ensuing Flint Water Crisis has been on the elevated lead levels resulting from the lack of corrosion control, general concerns about overall water quality and whether the water was responsible for skin rashes have been major health concerns of Flint residents.
As part of the federal response to the Flint Water Crisis, the Unified Coordination Group (UCG), a collaboration between local, state and federal health and environmental agencies lead by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), supported an investigation to assess whether Flint water might be associated with the rashes experienced by some community residents.
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