U.N. officials have called for an investigation into a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the U.K. amid claims of inadequate protective measures, with some lawmakers calling for a full-scale probe.
U.S.-U.K.-European Union officials said Tuesday that more than half the people infected with the coronavirus had died in the first seven days of the crisis, and that the outbreak has been linked to drinking water supplies.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U,S.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a joint statement saying they were concerned about the spread of Legionnaire’s disease in some parts of the U., which they called an emergency.
The CDC said it was aware of the outbreaks, which began in July and were linked to an outbreak in the city of Flint, Michigan, and a flare-up in the Ohio city of Youngstown.
It said there was no evidence that any of the outbreak cases in Flint and Youngstown were linked in any way to the water supply.
The statement came as the House and Senate approved sweeping emergency legislation that would give the federal government more leeway to make emergency purchases of water and other supplies.
It also would allow U..
S government officials to sell off some federal assets to private companies, which would be given the power to buy water and sewer systems and provide emergency services.
The House also passed a bill to provide the EPA with more power to oversee state water purchases.
The bill would also require the EPA to have a robust network of water quality monitoring stations and to expand water testing and treatment of contaminated drinking water, including at wastewater treatment plants.
Unauthorized release of chlorine into the drinking water supply is a serious threat to public health, but we cannot afford to wait any longer,” U.A.E. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said in a statement.
Senators also voted for the House-passed legislation, which has been approved by both chambers of Congress, to create a new department within the U: Environment Protection Agency.
The U.F.O.S., which would oversee the water distribution system and oversee the nation’s environmental cleanup, has been largely unused by the EPA, and is not currently under contract with the agency.
The new department would be tasked with investigating water quality and other problems in the nation.
A similar bill passed the Senate last year, but failed in the Republican-led House.