Via The Globe and Mail Facebook page: Timeline Photos. Click through to see the photo. The text:
As passengers disembarked from a flight in Toronto on Feb. 23, 2003, a 78-year-old woman returning from vacation in Hong Kong would hardly stand out. Ten days later, however, Kwan Sui-Chu would die of a chest infection later diagnosed as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS.
She was Canada's unwitting 'index case' for the SARS outbreak, which made Toronto a flashpoint for global health concerns. In a matter of months, the disease spread from China's Guangdong province to at least 30 countries, sparking fears of a pandemic.
By July, SARS had claimed 44 Canadian lives and infected 400 people. Some 25,000 were quarantined, and so was Toronto's economy, which lost hundreds of millions of dollars.
SARS was stamped out almost as quickly as it spread, but not without leaving a lasting impression.
That was also the start of my interest in disease outbreaks and their political consequences, and in blogging. During the SARS outbreak, I discovered how well blogs were covering it compared to regular news sites. When H5N1 drew more attention a couple of years later, I started educating myself by blogging about it. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.