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Checklist For Dealing With SARS Outbreak

Written by  Henry Ee, MBCI, CBCP Thursday, 22 November 2007 00:39

The outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), commonly known as Atypical Pneumonia (AP) that spread like wildfire recently, has been posing a big health risk to many people around the world. By as early as June 2003, statistics showed that more than 8,500 people were already infected with the virus with more than 800 deaths worldwide. There is no known cure for this illness except fighting it by using one’s own immune system. Companies, especially those with front line staff who need to interact with customers, are more prone to the virus. They have been busy drawing up their contingency plans for the past weeks. So what is the big fuss all about? A typical contingency plan consists of the combination of technology, manpower, critical document and an alternative site. In a SARS contingency, the primary site may be still available but no manpower as the staff may be quarantined at home.

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