Florida gov provides adult phone number instead of meningitis hotline

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott accidentally provided a number for an “adult” phone service rather than the hotline service for the fungal meningitis outbreak.

WUSF radio and the Miami Herald report that the Republican governor was providing an update on the outbreak during a cabinet meeting on Oct. 9. He transposed two numbers that led callers to an “adult” phone line.

WUSF learned of the mix-up after posting the incorrect number in a Web report. A caller notified the station that the greeting was “Hello boys, thank you for calling me on my anniversary.”

The hotline number, 866-523-7339, connects callers to the Florida Department of Health.