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Panasonic to fly home workers' families over bird flu fears
4 days ago
TOKYO (AFP) — Panasonic Corp. has ordered Japanese employees in some foreign countries to send their families home to Japan in preparation for a possible bird flu pandemic, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Family members of Japanese employees in parts of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Russia, former Soviet states and Latin America will fly back to Japan by the end of September, Panasonic spokesman Akira Kadota said.
The firm decided to take the rare measure "well ahead of possible confusion at the outbreak of a global pandemic," he said.
Eight people have contracted the H5N1 bird flu virus in China alone this year -- five of whom died.
"The bird flu cases reported so far are infections from bird to human, but once an infection between human beings is reported, things can get chaotic with many other companies trying to bring back their employees," Kadota said.
"We wanted to take action early before it gets difficult to book flight tickets," he said.
Although many people may be comforted by the reports that Canadian officials believe that the recent outbreak of avian bird flu was contained to one farm, there is reason to be concerned that they may not know for some time how true that is.
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