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Many States Still Fall Short in Emergency Preparedness: Report

December 18, 2007
by Steven Reinberg
U.S. News & World Report (HealthDay News)

Most Americans don't feel safer now than they did before 9/11, and their fears might be justified, a new report claims. For example, seven states have not purchased antiviral medications in the event of a pandemic, 13 states don't have effective plans to distribute vaccines, antidotes and medical supplies in a public health emergency, and seven states and the District of Columbia don't have the ability to test for biological threats. The report, compiled by the Trust for America's Health and released Tuesday, says that while many states have made progress in preparing for a potential public health disaster, much more needs to be done, and cuts in federal funding for state and local preparedness programs "threaten the nation's safety."

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