Annual health report ranks Kansas among lowest

December 10, 2008
The Wichita Eagle

Kansas earned a six of a possible 10 on the latest "Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health From Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism" report, released today.

That makes the state one of 14 earning the lowest grades.

It is the sixth annual report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report assesses states' readiness to meet public health emergencies, including several that occurred in 2008: a salmonella outbreak associated with jalapeno peppers, the largest beef recall in history, hurricanes, flooding and wildfires.

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