Sunday, January 15, 2006

UK: Companies Bracing for Bird Flu

Several of Britain's biggest companies are making contingency plans for a bird flu pandemic that could deal a wicked blow to the economy, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported. Having staff work from home, transferring operations offshore and distributing "disease packs" to airline passengers are among the measures in the cards.

The Sunday Telegraph said it surveyed "dozens" of large British companies and found that "more than 80 percent" had made plans, mainly on projections that 25 percent of the population could be infected. Norwich Union, a major insurance provider, was reportedly planning to transfer claims calls to India and Sri Lanka - an option that is being encouraged by global accounting firm and consultancy KPMG. Read More ....

Source: Channel News Asia
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