Dr. Carlo Urbani recognized the emergence of a outbreak of pneumonia as a new epidemic and immediately notified the WHO, personally flying to Hanoi to investigate. He would die this day in 2003 of SARS, having triggered the most effective response to an epidemic in history.

Carlo Urbani

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.

Medical career

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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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlo_Urbani