By the time the news of a possible swine flu pandemic in Mexico percolated to the surface of public awareness late last week, well-prepared businesses already were implementing plans to work through the crisis. And although the domestic strain of the illness has been mild so far, the more virulent Mexican virus could be potentially devastating to U.S. businesses–not just your clients, but your own business.

Absenteeism, supply chain interruptions, business closings and a potential spike in heathcare expenses and workers’ compensation claims are threats that loom along with the chances of developing the disease itself.

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