Carlo Urbani (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkarlo urˈbaːni]; Castelplanio, Italy October 19, 1956 – Bangkok, Thailand March 29, 2003) was an Italian doctor and microbiologist and the first to identify severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) as a new and dangerously contagious viral disease. Although he became infected and died, his early warning to the World Health Organization (WHO) triggered a swift and global response credited with saving numerous lives.
Urbani graduated with a medical degree in 1981 from the University of Ancona and obtained a specialization in infectious and tropical diseases from the University of Messina. He subsequently earned a postgraduate degree in tropical parasitology.
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