When Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co. was in the early stages of planning its 2007 incentive trip, China was high on the list of possible destinations. But, with increasing publicity about the possibility of an avian flu outbreak, the planners eventually ruled it out. “The cost, distance, and desirability of the destination were all factors,” says spokesman Jim Nolan. “And so was the flu.” As Mutual of Omaha's decision suggests — and if a recent avian flu summit at the Minneapolis Convention ...

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