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Ebola Outbreak Exposes Gaps In Infectious Disease Care

The Ebola outbreak has exposed gaps in the nation’s ability to deal with severe infectious diseases, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Rich Hamburg of says Oregon only managed to meet five of the study's 10 key indicators: "Over the last decade we saw dramatic improvements in state and local capacities to respond to outbreaks and emergencies," he said.

"But," he continued, "this year Ebola has been what you'd call a wake-up call - a reminder that an infectious disease threat anywhere is a threat everywhere. It raised attention to serious gaps in our ability to manage disease outbreaks."

Oregon met the study's health funding indicator, but failed for a low vaccination rate, substandard food safety checks, and inadequate health security preparedness.

Half of all states met five or fewer of the key indicators.

Maryland, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia tied for the top score – with eight indicators.

Arkansas met two.

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