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Most companies are concerned with two main areas when facing a pandemic like Ebola—personnel risk and an interruption of normal business operations leading to a loss of revenue.

Personnel risk arises from the potential for employees to be sickened or die after coming in contact with the Ebola virus. Employees at risk may require immediate evacuation if infected or at risk of infection. This can cause complex logistic and financial burdens as companies seek to protect their most valuable assets—employees.

Although the first priority for many companies is to protect the well-being of their employees, many companies are also concerned about how this outbreak will affect their operations and revenues.

The current Ebola outbreak, which has spread throughout Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, and Nigeria, is so severe that it has been deemed “an international health emergency” by the World Health Organization.

This white paper provides guidance for companies on staying informed on the latest developments, developing or activating contingency plans, educating employees to prevent the spread and infection of the disease, and using available insurance, so they can reduce the impact of this outbreak.