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By John Roberts
2 June 2003

Governments across South East Asia are counting the mounting economic costs of the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and nervously awaiting the results of their containment efforts. While the number of cases is relatively small compared to other disasters that have struck the region, the character of the disease and the uncertainly it has generated have had an economic impact out of all proportion to the immediate effects of SARS on public health.

World Health Organisation (WHO) figures show that, as of May 24, Singapore has been the worst hit, with 206 reported cases and 31 deaths. Indonesia has reported two cases and no deaths; Malaysia eight cases and two deaths; the Philippines 12 cases and two deaths; Thailand eight cases and two deaths and Vietnam 63 cases and five deaths.