Hm. Good question - the EU has banned all chicken imports etc. from Thailand. The only think that surprises me is why the UE buiys chickens from Thailand. They are only £1.99 in Tescos (ready cooked). How can you make money importing live Thai chickens?
As for SARS the last thing I read on Bloombrg was that this is definately not SARS.
Just have a look at the charts from the far east this time last year. Yes i know we were in a big ole downtrend at the time, but when the SARS case were announced, the market decline accelerated. Had a fair effect on the Western Markets too.
Whilst the actual effect on the world may not be that great, the effect on the markets is noticeable.
I think the DOW is now just starting its retracement, and Avian Flu isnt going to help arrest this.