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How Prepared Are States for Infectious Disease Outbreaks?

December 18, 2014
by Chris Kardish
Governing

Many states scored poorly on measures of communication and coordination responses to threats, vaccination rates and infections from contact with the health care system, according to the report, released annually by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America’s Health.

"Over the last decade, we have seen dramatic improvements in state and local capacity to respond to outbreaks and emergencies,” said Jeffrey Levi, executive director of the Trust, in a statement. “But we also saw during the recent Ebola outbreak that some of the most basic infectious disease controls failed when tested.”

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