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Tue December 17, 2013
Report: Montana could be better prepared to deal with infectious disease outbreaks
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the non-partisan, not-for-profit Trust for America's Health released a report this week showing most of the nation is not adequately prepared to handle outbreaks of infectious disease.
The Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases report finds the nation's ability to prevent and control outbreaks of infectious disease is hampered by limited resources and outdated infrastructure.
Montana, along with Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming scored 3 out of 10 on key indicators of policies and capabilities to protect against infectious disease threats.
34 states scored a 5 or lower.
In this evening's feature interview with Edward O'Brien, Trust for America's Health Deputy Director, Rich Hamburg, explains maintaining necessary funding is an ongoing challenge: