Nebraska receives low score on disease readiness

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new national report ranks Nebraska among the lowest-scoring states in 10 key areas to protect against infectious disease threats.

The Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced Tuesday that Nebraska complied with only two of their 10 recommended criteria. Georgia and New Jersey received the same score, while all other states ranked higher.

Among its recommendations, the report says Nebraska fell short in funding for public-health services, meeting whooping-cough vaccination goals, and having a climate-change plan that considers the impact on public health.

It says Nebraska succeeded in vaccinating at least half of the state's population in last year's flu season, and credited state officials for having a system to transport medical samples to a public health lab at all times.

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Online: http://healthyamericans.org/reports/outbreaks2013/

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