Florida Pols Who Shuttered State’s Only Tuberculosis Hospital Insist They Never Saw CDC Report Warning Of Deadly TB Outbreak

Source: Corky Siemaszko / New York Daily News

Nine days after Florida’s governor signed a bill that closed down the state’s only tuberculosis hospital, the Centers for Disease Control released a report about a deadly outbreak of TB in Jacksonville that has killed 13 people — and continues to be a threat.

But somehow the 25-page report by Dr. Robert Luo never made it to the budget-slashing Republican lawmakers who had insisted on closing down the A.G. Holley State Hospital in Lantana, Fla., six months ahead of schedule, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Questioned about the report, Rep. Matt Hudson, (R-Naples), told the paper he wasn’t aware of the Jacksonville outbreak or the CDC report.

But Hudson, who heads his state’s House Health Care Appropriations Committee, said they will find the money to tackle the tuburculosis outbreak.

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