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Despite progress, gaps still remain in US preparedness: Many states fail on outbreak indicators

February 2, 2014
by Natalie McGill
The Nation's Health

Most U.S. states need to make some improvements to better protect residents against infectious disease outbreaks and ready their communities for public health disasters, according to new analyses from health groups.

On Dec. 4, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials debuted a new National Health Security Preparedness Index. Soon after, Trust for America’s Health released “Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases.” The two efforts highlight the state of preparedness in the U.S., finding that although progress has been made, gaps remain, particularly at the state level.

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