Report Finds New Jersey Unprepared For Outbreaks

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -

A new report finds that New Jersey is among the states least-prepared for outbreaks of infectious diseases, an assessment the state disputes.

The study released Thursday shows New Jersey stacks up in only three of 10 indicators considered. Only West Virginia did worse, though half the states scored at five or lower.

The foundation gives New Jersey passing grades for public health funding, preparing for emerging threats and having toddlers vaccinated against Hepatitis B. The areas where the state falls short include getting children and adults vaccinated against the flu and planning for alleged climate change.