States Unprepared for Emergency Pest SituationsJanay Rickwalder
Thursday, December 20, 2012
According to an article posted yesterday on
USAToday.com, states are losing ground in emergency
preparedness for a wide range of deadly events, from weather
Superstorm Sandy to the spread of infectious diseases such as
Hantavirus and West Nile virus.
The 10th annual report by the Trust of America's Health,
titled Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases,
Disasters, and Bioterrorism, found only five states met eight
of 10 measures used to evaluate public health preparedness.
The article specifically mentions the
West Nile virus outbreak, stating, "In addition to extreme
weather and food-borne illnesses, "we have suffered a deadly rise
of the West Nile virus, a fungal meningitis outbreak and a
resurgence of old diseases we thought were largely conquered."
This report holds especially true in Oklahoma where officials
attribute the funding cut made to the state's surveillance of
mosquitoes as a main reason for the state’s