"Hong Kong health officials said tonight that 78 people had fallen sick with a mysterious respiratory illness in a single apartment complex over the last three days, and warned that the disease might be more easily transmitted than previously believed.
The new warning came as the World Health Organization announced in Geneva that the doctor who first identified the fast-spreading disease has himself died of it. The doctor, Carlo Urbani, 46, identified the outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome, known as SARS, in an American businessman admitted to hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam, where Mr. Urbani was based." >link new york times
Yes, war is serious. But the SARS epidemic is potentially far worse. For the moment the infection seems to be moving very quickly, infecting hundreds and killing dozens. To a degree SARS seems to kill opportunistically - the old and the frail; but there is no reason to believe that will continue.
It is encouraging that the Ontario Government has treated the disease so seriously. Quarantine is radical but it has the possibility of stopping the disease from spreading. But the entire epidemic bears watching.