Speaking of hating to read things mga, along comes this. It's bad enough I can barely gag down some potato chips and never touch an oreo, but now how will I look at a chicken or it's burger counter-part at Wendy's. Thanks.
Influenza A (H5N1) virus – also called “H5N1 virus” – is an influenza A virus subtype that occurs mainly in birds. It was first isolated from birds (terns) in South Africa in 1961. Like all bird flu viruses, H5N1 virus circulates among birds worldwide, is very contagious among birds, and can be deadly.
Terns migrate around the world from north to south in search of summer. It's a wonder it wasn't spread everywhere.
So far, spread of H5N1 virus from person to person has been rare and spread has not continued beyond one person. However, because all influenza viruses have the ability to change, scientists are concerned that the H5N1 virus could one day be able to infect humans and spread easily from one person to another. Because these viruses do not commonly infect humans, there is little or no immune protection against them in the human population. If the H5N1 virus were able to infect people and spread easily from person to person, an “influenza pandemic” (worldwide outbreak of disease) could begin. No one can predict when a pandemic might occur. However, experts from around the world are watching the H5N1 situation in Asia very closely and are preparing for the possibility that the virus may begin to spread more easily and widely from person to person.
I heard recently that they have synthesized a vaccine for the bird /avian flu. Of course only those who deserve it will get it as it will no doubt be in limited supply.
Be prepared to pay through the chickens teeth.