Most States Not Prepared for Infectious Diseases

December 18, 2014
by Kimberly Leonard
U.S. News & World Report

Are Americans getting smug about controlling infectious diseases? Some researchers seem to think so.

Though the U.S. has taken significant strides during the last decade in its ability to harness infections, the lack of preparation for Ebola this year should serve as a major wake-up call, experts say.  

"Ebola raised attention to serious gaps in our ability to manage disease outbreaks and contain their spread," Jeffrey Levi, executive director of the Trust For America's Health, said in a call with reporters Thursday. "It was alarming that many of the most basic infectious disease-control policies failed when tested."

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