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Report: Ohio, Kentucky score low in managing infectious diseases

FOX19 - The recent Ebola outbreak in the United States highlighted serious issues in the nation's ability to manage infectious diseases, a new report shows.

A report released Thursday by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) found that half of the U.S. states scored five or lower on 10 indicators related to responding to the outbreak of infectious diseases. 

"Over the last decade, we have seen dramatic improvements in state and local capacity to respond to outbreaks and emergencies. But we also saw during the recent Ebola outbreak that some of the most basic infectious disease controls failed when tested," said Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH.

The 10 indicators used in the report include public health funding, preparing for emerging threats, number of people receiving HBV vaccine, number of people receiving flu vaccine, climate change, healthcare-acquired infections performance in national standardized infection ratio, reduction of healthcare-acquired infections, practicing for emerging threats, HIV/AIDS surveillance and food safety. 

Ohio only received points for performing better than the national standardized infection ratio, conducting an exercise for emerging threats and food safety giving the state a 3 out of 10. 

Kentucky also got a 3 out of 10, receiving points for number of people receiving HBV vaccine, conducting an exercise for emerging threats and food safety.

Indiana scored a 5 out of 10. 

Maryland, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia tied with 8 points to top the list. Arkansas ranked the lowest, with only one point. 

To see the entire report, visit the Trust for America's Health website.

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