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Virginia still ready for health emergencies

Virginia still ready for health emergencies

How prepared is Virginia for a bioterrorism attack or a new disease outbreak? In last year's annual report, "Ready or Not?" by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the state scored a nine out of 10 on indicators for emergency preparedness. In this year's report, released Tuesday, the two nonprofit groups noted that cuts to federal public emergency health preparedness funds, combined with state cuts, could jeopardize several key programs. These include chemical testing capabilities; the Cities Readiness Initiative that supports the ability of localities to rapidly distribute and administer vaccines and medications during...

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