Only 34% of executives at large multinational companies based in the United States say they are greatly or moderately concerned about the prospect of an H5N1 influenza pandemic.

Researchers at Watson Wyatt Worldwide, Washington, have released that finding in a report on a survey of 90 multinational companies.

The U.S. executives were less worried about the flu than executives at companies in any other region included.

About 74% of the executives at Asian-Pacific companies said they were greatly or moderately concerned about a flu pandemic.

Meanwhile, although 32% of executives at the Asian-Pacific companies said their companies have flu pandemic business plans, only 15% of the U.S. executives said their companies have such plans.