- Massachusetts scores the highest grade for health emergency readiness
- A new contagious disease has emerged each year for 30 years, yet most states are caught off-guard
(CNN)On average, one new contagious disease has emerged each year for the past 30 years. Yet most states are easily caught off guard, according to a new report from Trust for America's Health, issued Tuesday. Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia scored a six or lower on 10 key indicators of public health preparedness, according to "Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism."