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    Budget Cuts Threaten Emergency Preparedness
    States Score High on Readiness to Deal With Disease, Disasters, Terrorism
    By Salynn Boyles
    WebMD Health News
    Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

    Dec. 14, 2010 -- Local and state health departments are better prepared than ever to deal with public health emergencies, but recession-related budget cuts threaten to reverse hard-won gains, a newly released analysis finds.

    The readiness of individual states to handle large-scale public health emergencies was assessed in the eighth annual report, ?Ready or Not? Protecting the Public?s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism,? commissioned by the health advocacy groups Trust for America?s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    Fourteen states met at least nine of 10 key indicators of emergency preparedness, while three states -- Arkansas, North Dakota, and Washington -- met all 10.

    Iowa and Montana had the lowest scores, meeting just five of the 10 indicators...