Despite CDC Appeals, Politics Thwarted Tuberculosis Information Campaign

Oct 15, 2012

Records and emails collected by The Palm Beach Post depict state officials as too absorbed with political goals to warn the public about a tuberculosis outbreak.

Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the bacteria that causes the disease.
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More than 4,000 emails among staff at the Florida Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obtained by The Palm Beach Post, show how a disease outbreak became secondary as Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s staff advanced his political priorities to downsize and privatize much of the department.