Monday :: Jul 9, 2012

Florida's Public Health Failure

by Mary

For a governor that says he knows more about fixing healthcare than the Feds, this story is a real black eye. Even if you don't care about the poor, it is not good for the state to ignore Tuberculous when they have the worst outbreak in 20 years.

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.


Had they seen the letter, decision makers would have learned that 3,000 people in the past two years may have had close contact with contagious people at Jacksonville’s homeless shelters, an outpatient mental health clinic and area jails. Yet only 253 people had been found and evaluated for TB infection, meaning Florida’s outbreak was, and is, far from contained.

The public was not to learn anything until early June, even though the same strain was appearing in other parts of the state, including Miami.

This is a serious problem for the state which is starving their public sector. During the 19th Century, TB caused 30% of the deaths in Paris. It has caused the death of 1 billion people world-wide over the past two centuries. And Florida is ground zero for a serious outbreak.

Perhaps Floridians will pass their judgment on their manly governor and what a brilliant job he is doing protecting their well-being in the upcoming election.

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