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Florida governor mistakenly gives out sex hotline number during meningitis update


FILE: Florida governor Rick Scott gave out an incorrect phone number to residents concerned about recent meningitis scare (Reuters)

What was supposed to be a help line for those seeking more information on a fungal meningitis outbreak was instead the number to a phone sex hotline.

WUSF first reported the error after calling the phone number released by Florida Gov. Rick Scott during a news conference  on Tuesday.  When WUSF posted the telephone number on the station's website, they were notified by a reader that the number was connected to an adult telephone line.

'Hello boys, thank you for calling me on my anniversary'

- Female voice greeted callers inquiring about meningitis update

WUSF reported that when callers dialed the line provided by the governor, they heard: "Hello boys, thank you for calling me on my anniversary." The young woman directs "existing callers" to press one, the report said.

The correct number is 866-523-7339, but Scott was off by one number.

A spokesman from Scott's office told that the governor provided the correct phone number later in the meeting.

The Florida Department of Health reported Tuesday that a 70-year old man died in July, before the discovery of the contaminated steroid medication authorities have linked to the infection.

Officials say there are now six total cases in Florida, all in Marion County. More than 100 cases have been reported nationally, with about a dozen deaths.

Fox News' Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report

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