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A big H/T to a facebook friend for bringing this to my attention. This story from The Palm Beach Post epitomizes the kind back handed governing that the tea party/republican governors engage in. PR and money over people.
The CDC officer had a serious warning for Florida health officials in April: A tuberculosis outbreak in Jacksonville was one of the worst his group had investigated in 20 years. Linked to 13 deaths and 99 illnesses, including six children, it would require concerted action to stop.
That report had been penned on April 5, exactly nine days after Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill that shrank the Department of Health and required the closure of the A.G. Holley State Hospital in Lantana, where tough tuberculosis cases have been treated for more than 60 years.
As health officials in Tallahassee turned their focus to restructuring, Dr. Robert Luo’s 25-page report describing Jacksonville’s outbreak — and the measures needed to contain it – went unseen by key decision makers around the state. At the health agency, an order went out that the TB hospital must be closed six months ahead of schedule.
And as I understand it this particular strain has made it's way into the general population now as well.
In his report, the CDC’s Luo makes it clear that other health officials throughout the state and nation have reason to be concerned: Of the fraction of the sick people’s contacts reached, one-third tested positive for TB exposure in areas like the homeless shelter.
Furthermore, only two-thirds of the active cases could be traced to people and places in Jacksonville where the homeless and mentally ill had congregated. That suggested the TB strain had spread beyond the city’s underclass and into the general population. The Palm Beach Post requested a database showing where every related case has appeared. That database has not been released.
So good people, if you have recently visited the fine Sunshine State of Florida and your doctor tells you you may have TB, you can thank Rick Scott and his Tea Party supporters for it. Because you know that with them money trumps all. All this to make sure that the tourist businesses, utilities and rich retirees don't have to pay any more in taxes.
And the republican convention is supposed to be held in Tampa. This should prove to be very interesting now indeed. Wonder what they will do it this show up there in a large number of cases.