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Ohio better prepared than most states for public-health emergency, report says

December 10, 2008
by Jonathan Riskind and Catherine Candisky
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Ohio is more ready than most states to deal with a public-health crisis stemming from a bioterrorism attack, disease outbreak or natural disaster, a new report today finds.

But in the years since 9/11, a national mood of complacency has settled in in state's preparation for such crises. And while Ohio gets a good grade overall, the state's public health lab was not ready last year to handle the demands of a flu pandemic, according to the report released by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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