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In today’s global economy, public health emergencies such as flu pandemics, natural disasters, chemical accidents and bioterrorism can wreak havoc on business continuity and economic security.

Each year, seasonal flu costs businesses more than $10 billion. Businesses must also be prepared for unexpected and potentially costly occurrences, like pandemics and natural disasters. The 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome epidemic, known as SARS, disrupted travel, trade and the workplace and cost the Asia-Pacific region alone $40 billion. Japan’s 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster led to major, costly supply chain disruptions for automakers and electronics manufacturers. And today, emerging health threats like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, and H7N9 are being scrutinized closely for their pandemic potential.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the nation's health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect Americans from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic. CDC increases the health security of our nation and is vital to a healthy economy, fighting pandemics and disease outbreaks that disrupt continuity of operations and reduce productivity.

Business Pulse, developed by the CDC Foundation, provides helpful resources about CDC’s work to help protect business from everyday health threats and major health emergencies. Importantly, Business Pulse also offers tips to preserve continuity of operations and protect business before a crisis strikes.

Published September 2013