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Virginia ranks high among the 50 states in being prepared for public health emergencies.

A report released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says Virginia is one of 14 states that meet nine of 10 key benchmarks of public health preparedness.

The scores reflect improvements over time in how officials prevent, identify and respond to disease, bioterrorism threats and natural disasters.

But the report also says spending cuts could threaten the state's ability to prevent and respond to such emergencies.

It notes that Virginia decreased its public health budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

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