26 states, DC get poor grades on health emergency readiness

December 20, 2016
by Susan Scutt

On average, one new contagious disease has emerged each year for the past 30 years. Yet most states are easily caught off guard, according to a new report from Trust for America's Health, issued Tuesday. Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia scored a six or lower on 10 key indicators of public health preparedness, according to "Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism."

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