NC Gets Good Marks In Preparedness Study

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North Carolina gets good marks in a study on how well states are prepared for potential health emergencies.

The new report says states have made significant progress since

Seven states got scores of 10 from the Trust for America's Health.

North Carolina and 14 other states scored a nine. The only category where North Carolina was classified as unprepared was in having adequate plans to distribute emergency vaccines, antidotes and medical supplies from the national stockpile.

The report says North Carolina is a leader in public health accreditation, citing the state's move in 2002 to develop a mandatory, standards-based system for accrediting local public health departments. Thirty local health departments had been accredited as of July.

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