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Report: Maryland better prepared than average for public health emergency

Report: Maryland better prepared than average for public health emergency

If Maryland were to be hit by a public health emergency — such as a natural disaster or an outbreak of a serious disease — officials here are better prepared than in many other states, according to a new survey.

On a 10-point scale, Maryland rates 7.5 for its efforts to prepare for and respond to such emergencies, according to the 2017 National Health Security Preparedness Index.

The index is compiled annually by the nonprofit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to assess preparedness for "community health emergencies."

The foundation looks at more than 100 measures, such as monitoring food and water safety, flu vaccination rates, and...

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