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Report warns of gaps in US public health capacity

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2335 (Published 09 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2335
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

    The still evolving outbreak of H1N1 influenza in the United States has provided a “real world” test of public health preparedness, which has shown some gaps in provision, a report published last week says.

    “All of the planning and preparations in the past several years have improved our nation’s ability to respond to an outbreak, however, the H1N1 outbreak did not really test the limits of our response,” said Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health, a public health advocacy organisation that was one of the sponsors of the report.

    However, …

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