Is this bird flu thing really an issue for us here in the US here today? Or is it hysterical hype? I was watching an ABC special on that and other disasters we could have in the US. I was unfamiliar with the Avian flu and at the beginning of broadcast it was mentioned that this flu had no cure and like a 55% mortality rate, which made me think oh crap!. Then later on in the piece they mention there is medicine one can take to increase the survival rate, this Tamiflu stuff. So what gives, is this something that cannot be treated or is this something that can be treated? The whole comparison was to the flu pandemic of 1918 and how terrible that was. Well medical science is light years ahead of what it was in 1918, so is comparing the two really accurate or is it media hype to scare the crap out of us? Also, the piece mentioned that we could see this pandemic reach the US this winter. I read some online stuff and evidently this H5N1 virus hasnt mutated to being transferable from human to human and that process may take a while. The emphasis was, we have no Tamiflu, this virus is coming this winter ..the sky is falling, the sky is falling . So what is the real story?