Some firms spreading risk in pandemic planning


By Tan Ee Lyn HONG KONG, May 23 (Reuters) - Some large companies are starting to diversify their manufacturing bases in Asia and rely less on countries that are considered to be hotspots for an influenza pandemic, consultants said on Wednesday. Scientists have warned of a possible flu pandemic and pointed to the H5N1 bird flu virus as a likely candidate. A growing number of governments and companies have been hammering out contingency plans. "Some of the large companies in the U.K. and ...

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