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Some local business leaders are planning ahead to minimize the potential impact of the H1N1 flu virus on the local economy.

Peter Laporte, director of emergency management for Metro Transit, said that now is the time for local businesses to make plans to cope with a workforce decimated by illness.

"Sometimes you telecommute, or you do things off-site or off-campus," Laporte says. Laporte was one of the many panelists addressing business leaders at the Greater Washington Board of Trade's policy forum on swine flu.

Dr. Tom Sizemore, with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says businesses that plan ahead won't have to make choices between safety and productivity. "Forward thinking plans will make a great difference in the economy, and in the health of the population," says Sizemore. About 200 people attended the forum.

Jonathan Wilson reports...

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