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The American Association of Insurance Services, an advisory organization to the property-casualty industry, is filing a new “virus or bacteria” exclusion designed to exclude losses that arise from organisms that can cause disease.

The exclusion, now being filed countrywide under AAIS commercial lines and farm insurance programs, was developed in light of the possibility of a pandemic from the avian flu. However, it addresses contamination from any disease-causing agent, including but not limited to SARS, rotavirus, listeria, legionella and anthrax.

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