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Reuters reports that because Wal-Mart has put travel restrictions on its employees because of the highly contagious Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that has infected some 5,510 people in nearly 30 countries, and killed at least 331 people since last year, its employees are having to be more creative in how they work.

For example, rather than going to China to deal with suppliers, now they stay up all night to videoconference with them.

In addition, Wal-Mart has isolated its employees in China, hoping to reduce the likelihood that they are infected. Suppliers from the region are not welcome at Wal-Mart's offices.

Wal-Mart employees returning to the United States from China, Singapore, or Vietnam are asked to stay home for 10 days for an "observation period".
KC's View:
Air travel has changed remarkably in the past few weeks. It wasn’t that long ago that we all used to get on planes looking around to see who the potential terrorists might be. Now you look to see who might be carrying the SARS virus.