Report shows US states underprepared for disaster

December 12, 2006
by Maggie Fox

A new report shows 60 percent of U.S. states are poorly prepared for a pandemic, biological attack or similar disaster. The report from the Trust for America's Health ranks the states and the District of Columbia on 10 measures of preparedness, which include the ability to distribute emergency vaccines, antidotes, and medical supplies; to test for biological threats, including anthrax, plague and influenza; hospital bed capacity; vaccination rates against seasonal influenza and pneumonia; compatibility with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Electronic Disease Surveillance System; the numbers of nurses; and public health budgets.

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