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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 12/15/2009

D.C. leads region in health preparedness

By Washington Post editors

A new report released by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that the recent H1N1 flu outbreak has exposed serious underlying gaps in the country's ability to respond to public health emergencies.

The two health groups ranked states on a 10 point scale. The District receieved a ranking of eight out of ten, while Maryland and Virginia scored 7 out of 10. The annual study, now in its seventh year, measured states on key indicators of public health emergency preparedness, including hospital surge capacity, vaccine production capabilities and public health funding. More than half of the state's in this year's survey were dealing with cut to public health programs. Eleven states and D.C. reported they did not have enough laboratory staffing capacity to work five 12-hours days for six to eight weeks, in the event of a infectious disease outbreak, such as H1N1.

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By Washington Post editors  | December 15, 2009; 12:55 PM ET
Tags:  D.C., H1N1 flu, Maryland, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Trust for America's Health, Virginia, emergency preparedness  
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