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Medical News & Perspectives
January 22/29, 2014

Report: States May Be Unprepared to Manage Infectious Disease Threats

JAMA. 2014;311(4):348. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.286094

Many states may be ill prepared to protect their citizens from outbreaks of infectious diseases, according to a report by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report examined 10 indicators of state readiness to manage infectious disease threats and found most (33) scored a 5 or lower out of 10 (http://bit.ly/1ceMxfT). The rankings suggest that for many key indicators of infectious disease preparedness, most states are lacking. New Hampshire scored the highest with 8 out of 10 and Georgia, Nebraska, and New Jersey tied for the lowest score with just 2 out of 10.

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