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Response measures for a major flu pandemic would mostly be left up to risk managers at public entities and individual corporations to cope with, with little lead from the federal government, an expert epidemiologist warned here.

Marc Lipsitch, a professor with the department of Epidemiology/Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health, told National Underwriter that although there will be advice from the federal government, “they’ve made it clear that a lot of the policy and reaction will come from local governments and private individuals and businesses.”

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