Newspaper: Some records withheld in TB outbreak

From San Francisco Chronicle:

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — When Jacksonville City Councilman Robin Lumb tried to ask questions about the recent tuberculosis outbreak among Jacksonville’s homeless, he was never able to get answers. … He wanted to know the implications of the Jacksonville outbreak, but the Duval County Health Department wouldn’t return emails, he said. He wasn’t the only one who couldn’t get an explanation.


A review of state and local health department emails over a four-year period revealed the health department’s hesitancy to release public records to a reporter and not publicizing a tuberculosis investigation at a local school despite the director later saying the department typically does. Earlier, the health department only began discussing the outbreak publicly after an email was mistakenly sent to reporters.