- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A new report says Arkansas is the least-prepared state should an infectious disease outbreak occur.

A report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation gave the state positive marks in only two areas - quick testing for E. coli tests and holding training events to evaluate how quickly labs can respond to emergencies.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1CXUZub ), the report used a 10-item checklist. Other items include vaccination rates and funding for public health programs.

Health Department Epidemiologist Dirk Haselow cautioned against using a 10-item checklist to create a report, but said the department agreed with most of the report. The director of the trust said the report is not comprehensive but can be used to predict where more work must be done.

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