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August 4, 2014

TB doesn’t come from the border

John Armstrong, Florida’s top health official, sent a letter last month to the heads of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency — taking the extra step of copying the media — requesting that they tell him how many of the children who recently crossed the U.S. border from Mexico are in Florida and what illnesses they have. In asserting that this information was “urgently needed and is vital to guarding the health and safety of Florida communities,” Armstrong fanned anxieties that the influx of children from Central and South America poses a large-scale threat to public health.

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