Bolster Georgia's Defenses Against Health Emergencies

December 16, 2003
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Despite receiving nearly $2 billion in federal money since Sept. 11, 2001, most states are still unprepared for public health emergencies, from a bioterror attack to a bad outbreak of the flu, according to a new report. What's surprising is that cash-strapped states are cutting their public health programs, which were already underfunded. Georgia ranked among the lowest-scoring states on a 10-criteria scale that measured how prepared a state would be in case of either an outbreak or a bioterror attack. Georgia met only three of the benchmarks.

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