Report: Swine flu shows we're not ready for emergencies

December 15, 2009
by David Goldstein
McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON - The swine flu outbreak has exposed holes in the nation's emergency-preparedness network, according to a report issued Tuesday on how well states can handle a public health disaster.

"The H1N1 outbreak has vividly revealed existing gaps in public health emergency preparedness," said Richard Hamburg, the deputy director of the Trust for America's Health, a nonpartisan public-health advocacy group, which co-authored the report with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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