Ok, I'm not normally an alarmist, (I mean, I saw the trailor for the new Al Gore movie and thought, "hey, if the outdoors is so groovy, how come the homeless aren't more fond of it?") but this doesn't seem like a good development...
I give your local news station about 2 days before they lead off the 6pm newscast with visuals like, "Bird-Flu Blast '06" and "What you need to know before you and everyone you know kicks the can..." If anyone knows how to try and scare the be-jeezus out of you, it's the tv media.
Still, when the federal government implies you shouldn't wait for the free-vaccine van to drive down your street when the bird-flu hits the fan, you should sit up and take notice.
See you in the canned-foods aisle. Dibs on the canned peaches.