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Report: Utah prepared for a health emergency

Report: Utah prepared for a health emergency

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A new national report says Utah is among 11 states well prepared for a public health emergency.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report released on Tuesday analyzed levels of preparedness for each state.

The Standard-Examiner of Ogden reports Utah's ranking shows the state is ready for emergencies, including disease outbreaks or a bioterrorist attack.

Utah Department of Health Executive Director David Sundwall says that a key element of Utah's preparedness is communication between health and public safety agencies at all levels of government.

The foundation report said Utah only fell short in public health spending.

Sundwall says he is optimistic that funding will be increased in next year's budget.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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