Worst Tuberculosis outbreak in 20 years kept secret

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    State rushes closure of its only TB hospital in Lantana

    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.

    Worst TB outbreak in 20 years kept secret | www.palmbeachpost.com

    Deadly Tuberculosis Outbreak In Florida Covered Up By GOP Governor Rick Scott

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    Of course, the cost to treat a TB patient early is typically $500, however if prolonged, drug resistant TB strains which do develop can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. And once those appear, the diseases contagious nature make it sure to spread rapidly, especially in areas effected by the layoffs for water treatment plants. So much for austerity.

    And, as the Palm Beach Post reported, it appeared that the Governor had been actively hiding the CDC report from lawmakers just before they ordered the closing of the state’s sole TB treatment center. Despite the confirmed deaths by TB and thousands exposed to the disease, the Governor felt that saving a few hundred dollars per patient was worth the looming crisis in the state. Now it appears that containment of the disease is no longer an option, and with TB being incredibly contagious, called “Consumption” for those who recall the works of Charles Dickens, the danger to the state looms large.

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    What is it these people don't understand? It's more important to give tax breaks to billionaires than worry about a few thousand "little people". Let 'em die!
     
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    Blame Bush, asswipe.
     
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    From your link...

    Exactly how was Gov. Scott supposed to know what was in the report before it was even written??

    Be specific.
     
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    Alarming levels of DR-TB...
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    Study Reveals Alarming Levels of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
    August 29, 2012 - Alarming levels of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis have been found around the world. A new study says the findings signal an urgent need for improved testing and the development of better drugs to fight the deadly lung infection.
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    Gene-Swapping Soil Bacteria Harbor Antibiotic Resistance
    August 30, 2012: As drug-resistant infections become an increasingly serious threat worldwide, new research show the problem may be spreading right under our feet.

     
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    What can you do with a schizophrenic homeless man who tests positive for T.B.? What is society's duty when it comes to mentally impaired drug addicted substance abusers who test positive for a contagious deadly disease? I'm serious. What do we do? Does society have the right or the power to confine people against their will who test positive for a dangerous disease? Apparently not.
     
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    Granny says take yer vitamin D pills...
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    Sunshine vitamin 'may help treat tuberculosis'
    3 September 2012 - The body makes vitamin D when it is out in the sun
     
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    I get tested every year, I am good so far.
     
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    "Never let a crisis go to waste if you can make it work to your political advantage"....Rahm Emanuel.
     
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    WHO targets reducing tuberculosis (TB) deaths by 50 percent from the 1990 rate...
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    Program to Eradicate Tuberculosis On Track, WHO Says
    October 17, 2012 - The World Health Organization says it is on track to reach its goal of reducing tuberculosis (TB) deaths by 50 percent from the 1990 rate, but global progress has been uneven.
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    Tuberculosis Cases Down, Disease Still A Major Killer
    October 18, 2012 - The World Health Organization reports that the number of people who caught tuberculosis (TB) fell last year, but it also said the number of deaths from TB remained the same and that TB is still a major killer.
     
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