Viral campaign: How firms should plan for pandemic risk

Ebola outbreak forces financial services companies to revisit plans to deal with pandemic disease

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Pandemic planning often doesn't receive as much attention as other emergency scenarios, such as fires, earthquakes or systems problems, but the business continuity implications of infectious disease remain very real – and unpredictable, as past global outbreaks have shown.

While Ebola has over the past few decades emerged intermittently in various parts of central Africa, the magnitude of the 2014 outbreak in West Africa has shocked the international community. The World Health Organisation (WHO

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