Washington Scored Five Out of 10 on Key Indicators Related to Preventing, Detecting, Diagnosing and Responding to Infectious Disease Outbreaks
A new report finds Washington state scored only 5 out of 10 on key indicators related to preventing, detecting, diagnosing and responding to outbreaks.
The state-by-state analysis was prepared by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
Twenty-eight states and Washington, D.C. scored 5 or lower out of 10 key indicators.
Five states—Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, New York and Virginia—tied for the top score, achieving eight out of 10 indicators. Seven states — Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon and Utah — tied for the lowest score at three out of 10.
The report, Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases, concluded that the United States must redouble efforts to better protect Americans from new infectious disease threats such as MERS-CoV and antibiotic-resistant Superbugs and resurging illnesses like whooping cough, tuberculosis and gonorrhea. Continue reading