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How To Prevent An Avian Flu Pandemic From Disrupting Business

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Ask the World Health Organization (WHO) about avian flu, and it will tell you an outbreak is inevitable.  Ask employers if they've taken steps to prepare for an outbreak, and they'll likely say they haven't and will want a good reason why they should.  The disruption to business as a result of employee absenteeism and soaring health care costs should give employers two good reasons to prepare for the possibility of a pandemic flu outbreak.

WHO has reported at least 93 deaths, mostly in Asia, as a result of human contact with infected birds.  However, the strain known as "bird flu" could develop into a strain that is contagious among humans.  While there have been no reported cases in the world of human-to-human transmission (and with any luck, there won't), if such a strain does develop, the transmission from person to person will likely be rapid and overwhelm unprepared businesses.

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