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New report finds gaps in national medical preparedness

| 12.21.2007 | 14:34:516807 |
December 21 '07: Reuters reported that a new 2007 report on America's national preparedness capabilities has found that there are gaps in overall preparedness programs ranging from "biological attacks to a flu pandemic, and funding for preparedness is falling." The new report, released by Trust for America's Health was preceded by a similar report released last year.
This year's report findings were based on ten "key indicators" which worked to assess the national health emergency preparedness capabilities. "All 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) were evaluated based on data from publicly available sources or public officials in 2007," the group's website read.

Reuters in the report found that thirteen states have not the adequate plans to address the challenges presented by a pandemic or a biological threat or an inadequacy of distribution plans, emergency vaccines, antidotes and medical supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile.

However, there were some bright spots. Tennessee and Ohio were recognized for their medical preparedness.