FEDS URGE COMPANIES TO PREPARE FOR BIRD FLU

WASHINGTON - The federal government last week encouraged businesses to develop plans for dealing with bird flu in the United States, as the prospect of avian influenza landing here appears likely."This is much more than a public health issue and it's not just an issue for those who have poultry flocks," said Michael Leavitt, U.S. secretary of health and human services. "People have to eat and therefore

WASHINGTON - The federal government last week encouraged businesses to develop plans for dealing with bird flu in the United States, as the prospect of avian influenza landing here appears likely.

"This is much more than a public health issue and it's not just an issue for those who have poultry flocks," said Michael Leavitt, U.S. secretary of health and human services. "People have to eat and therefore businesses need to ask themselves the question - how would we continue to operate,

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