Men's Health Rates Lubbock a "Contagious" City - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/4/05

Men's Health Rates Lubbock a "Contagious" City

In the October edition, Men's Health ranked Lubbock worst in the nation for food borne illness, and this month, third to last for being a quote: a "contagious" city.

Men's Health says cold and flu viruses seem especially at home in California and here in Texas. The magazine claims our state has an above average rate for infectious disease and they rank Lubbock 98th out of 100 of the nation's largest cities. But the Lubbock Health Department doesn't buy it.

Health Director Tommy Camden questions how the magazine compiles and analyzes its data. Camden says it may be a misinterpretation because Lubbock has the largest medical district between Albuquerque and Dallas and draws a lot of regional patients. If those patients end up dying here from the flu or pneumonia, their death records are attributed to Lubbock.

Camden says of the article, "The general public shouldn't, in my opinion, view that as Lubbock being a dangerous and contagious city. To me, that's bad reporting. It’s not a very good article and there needs to be more clarification."

Camden says there is always room for improvement, but the magazine should also consider cities' reporting systems. He says Lubbock is very accurate and accountable when it comes to reporting disease, and that may boost our numbers compared to other cities.

As for Men's Health, we made several attempts to get a comment. Their public relations department has not yet found anyone who is authorized to comment.

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