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Democrats question withholding infection info

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Posted at 12:27 PM, Apr 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-29 16:42:56-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Assembly Democrats want to know why Gov. Scott Walker's administration delayed informing the public that a blood infection was spreading in Wisconsin.

The state Department of Health Services began investigating an Elizabethkingia outbreak in December. The agency told hospitals and labs to be on the lookout for infections in January but didn't announce it to the public until March. This was first reported by WBAY-TV after the station put in an open records request.

Assembly Democratic leaders sent Walker a letter on Thursday asking for an explanation and how DHS will avoid similar situations in the future.

DHS officials said earlier this month that they didn't want to alarm the public because they hadn't determined the source, which limited the advice they could give on how to avoid it.

A Walker spokesman didn't immediately respond to a message.