Hat's off to Associated Press' Adam Geller

From Geller:

"The threat of a pandemic comes just as the world economy is showing the barest glimmerings of what analysts say might be the light at the end of what remains a long, dark tunnel. And now this.

"This is just another negative shock when the economy can least afford another negative shock," said Jay Bryson, global economist at Wachovia Corp.

"So far, fear of the flu is at least as responsible for the economic disruption as the disease itself."