Report says CT not among states ranked high on preventing disease outbreaks


(ABCNews) — E. Coli outbreaks, influenza epidemics, infections that attack sometimes right in the hospital. All of them health crises that we should be able to prevent or at least reduce. But out of the 50 states in this country, five seem to be doing a better job than the rest.

The list includes Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, New York and Virginia. They’re tied for top billing on preventing and responding to disease outbreaks, according to a new report from the Trust for America’s Health, based on CDC data.

The report also tracked vaccinations, finding more than one in four preschoolers across the country are not receiving all their recommended shots. And when it comes to the flu? Only 18 states vaccinated at least half of their people in last year’s flu season.

Most states also did not perform well against ‘superbugs’– or antibiotic-resistant infections, which cost $20 billion to treat each year. And which kill more than 23,000 Americans.

So every state could do better in promoting vaccinations and jumping on food-borne bacterial outbreaks before they get out of hand.

Connecticut fell in the middle of the pack, meeting five of the ten priority indicators. No state met all ten.

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