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Are We Prepared for Emerging Infectious Diseases?

May 24, 2016
by Drs. David Niesel and Norbert Herzog
Huffington Post

Standing between us and infectious microbes is our public health infrastructure that protects all Americans from infectious disease threats. A recent report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation raises concerns for our ability to prevent, detect, diagnose, respond and prevent infectious diseases outbreaks. They report, more than half of US states scored 5 or lower (out of 10) on key indicators related to managing infectious diseases. Some of these key indicators are public health funding, flu vaccination rates, HIV surveillance, childhood immunization rates, food safety, central line associated bloodstream hospital-acquired infections and the staffing and training activities of our state public health labs.

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