HEALTH

Governor's bad call in fungal scare

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 October, 2012, 4:04am
 

In an embarrassing mistake, Florida Governor Rick Scott gave out a phone-sex number to people seeking information on a fungal meningitis outbreak.

Scott was providing an update on the outbreak at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday when he announced what he said was the hotline's toll-free phone line, but gave out the wrong number.

The governor's office was alerted by a radio station in Tampa, WUSF, which was monitoring the cabinet meeting and posted the number on its website.

The station said it was "quickly notified by a reader that the number instead connected to an adult telephone line."

Callers are greeted with the recording of a woman's voice saying: "Hello boys, thank you for calling me on my anniversary."

A spokeswoman for the governor said he had misread the number and had corrected himself swiftly.

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