Posted: Sep 21, 2011 2:55 PM
Source: Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana and Mississippi got good grades on plans for dealing with public health emergencies and on their public health labs' performance.
For the second year in a row, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave Louisiana's plans a perfect score in all 13 categories.
Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals says only eight states have scored 100 twice in a row.
Mississippi missed that mark by one category 100 in the report released Tuesday.
For the second year in a row, its plan got 92 rather than 100 on security.
National averages in the 13 categories ranged from 88 on repackaging bulk medications for public dispensing to 99 on requesting medical supplies from the strategic national stockpile.
Both states' labs passed tests for identifying biological and chemical agents.