Avian flu: plan, don't panic, say experts

Goodwin, Bill
November 2005
Computer Weekly;11/8/2005, p18
Trade Publication
This article cites ways to counter avian flu, a widespread and fatal disease. U.S. president George W. Bush recently announced a 4 billion pounds strategy to tackle a potential bird flu pandemic. He said that if they wait for a pandemic to appear, it will be too late to prepare. Bush's remarks came as the British House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology completed a series of hearings into the dangers of a flu pandemic. According to David Nabarro, senior United Nations system co-ordinator for avian and human influenza, the government's emergency and business continuity planning should involve a higher-level minister than the health, agriculture and defense ministers currently involved. Such statements suggest that the threat is not just tabloid hype and that IT leaders should ensure their organizations revisit their business continuity plans. IT could play a central role in enabling staff to work from home and allowing businesses to engage with customers online if a pandemic occurs and travel becomes difficult. INSETS: Potential impact of a pandemic;Sainsbury's prepares for possible flu pandemic.


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