Report Faults West Nile Response

July 2, 2004
by Lee Bowman
Scripps Howard News Service

With West Nile virus threatening to infect Americans from coast to coast for the first time, public-health advocates warn that shortcomings remain in federal, state and local governments' ability to respond to the disease and others like it that might emerge. The rapid spread of the disease from the New York City area in 1999 to the infection of humans or animal hosts in 46 states by last year underscores the need for more stable investment and better coordination of resources, according to a report issued Thursday by the Trust for America's Health. The nonprofit works to make disease prevention a national priority.

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