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Risk Anal. 2008 Feb;28(1):1-12. doi: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2008.00997.x.

New health risks and sociocultural contexts: bird flu impacts on consumers and poultry businesses in Lao PDR.

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CERAM Business School, Antipolis, Rue Dostoievski, Sophia Antipolis, France.


Avian flu has been identified as one of the most challenging new risks, global in impact due to the "highly interconnected and integrated world economy along with other unpredictable events such as the Asian financial crisis and global terrorism." We have chosen the case of Lao PDR to shed light on an area in which local people consume chicken as one of their staple foods. Our research analyzes consumer behavior, poultry business modification patterns in a high-risk country, and government reaction for business resilience. The geographic choice is motivated by the 2006 EIU report on Catastrophe Risk Management that indicated that Asian-Pacific companies are better prepared for such risks as bird flu than European business is, despite the many cases found in both regions.

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