Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, has infected already-jittery investors with the fear of putting money in Asian markets, but there are several encouraging signs that the continent may not be as scary an investment region as some have suggested.

There is also the notion that sensational journalism and dishonesty by government officials in China have helped exacerbate the public's fears. The disease itself has killed hundreds and infected thousands in several nations throughout the world. It has also hit the financial sector, as many airlines have restricted flights in and out of heavily infected regions of the world and corporations have suspended business travel to select regions.

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