3,000 People Exposed to TB in Florida

Discussion in 'Survival Medicine' started by tulianr, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey


    Florida is in the midst of the worst tuberculosis outbreak the CDC has seen in two decades—and the Jacksonville outbreak was largely hidden from the public, finds the Palm Beach Post in a disturbing report.

    The outbreak apparently originated in 2008, when a schizophrenic patient came down with TB but was not treated, and spread it to at least 17 others over a period of eight months, two of whom died.

    Then, in 2011, there was a spike in that same rare strain, eventually prompting the Duval County Health Department to ask the CDC for help this year. The public was not alerted—nor was it alerted in 2008—and the county health director now acknowledges that was a mistake. "We thought after 2008 that we had it contained," he says. "It was not contained."

    The CDC was brought in, and revealed just how bad the outbreak was in an April report. By then, the strain of TB had been linked to 13 deaths and 99 cases, and as many as 3,000 people could have been exposed—but the report was never seen by key decision makers in Florida, and the public was not informed until June, by which point the strain had reached other parts of the state.

    Meanwhile, an important hospital for treating tuberculosis was closed, and the state is having a difficult time treating the outbreak since it has spread mainly in homeless communities and other dorm living situations.

    Now, just 253 of the people possibly exposed to TB have been located, and there are indications the strain has moved into the general population
  2. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    The TB program at CDC has not had a good track record regarding cover-ups in the last few years. You think someone there would be yanking on their chain a little.
  3. LukeK

    LukeK Monkey

    One would have thought that the powers that be would be vaccinating against TB like most other western nations. Then again who knows what they put in the shots ........
  4. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    The powers that be don't recommend TB vaccinations in the U.S. because of the low morbidity and the fact that the vaccine is only about 50% effective.
  5. DarkLight

    DarkLight Live Long and Prosper - On Hiatus

    You cannot imply logic, thought and any layer of our guvm't in the same sentence.
  6. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    A vaccine that doesn't really work? Nah....
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