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Many U.S. States Unprepared For Infectious Disease Outbreaks Like Ebola, Report Says

The Hill: Report: U.S. unprepared for disease outbreaks despite billions spent
“Major gaps exist in the country’s capacity to handle public health crises like Ebola despite massive government spending over the last decade, according to a new report. Inadequate funding, weak leadership, and uneven standards are all putting Americans at risk for infectious diseases, according to an extensive 112-page report by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation…” (Ferris, 12/18).

Washington Post: Map: How prepared are states for infectious disease outbreaks?
“…The states that scored highest — 8 points each — were Maryland, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia. Half the states scored a six, seven or eight. Arkansas alone scored two. D.C. earned a score of five…” (Chokshi, 12/18).

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