Floridians Looking for Updates on Meningitis Outbreak Call Phone Sex Hotline Instead After Governor Gives Out Wrong Number

Giving out what he thought was the number to the Florida Department of Health's toll-free, 24-hour meningitis hotline, Gov. Rick Scott inadvertently sent the residents of his state to obtain information on the deadly outbreak from a phone sex operator.

Local NPR-member radio station WUSF was first to pick up on the flub after readers wrote in to say the number read aloud by Scott at a cabinet meeting earlier this week lead to a phone sex line that featured a female voice thanking callers for "calling me on my anniversary."

After informing the governor's office of the error, a spokesman told the station Gov. Scott mixed up a few digits, but the correct number was up on the Department of Health's website.

The governor also corrected himself twenty minutes later.

The meningitis outbreak, which is linked to a steroid used to treat chronic pain, has spread to 10 states and claimed the lives of at least 12 people.

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