A word about avian flu. There are many different kinds of bird flu, just as there are many different strains of human flu.
Only one type, H5N1 or if you like "51" is the kind that might possibly be a problem to humans.
A newspaper or TV story about bird flu being found in [insert troublesome election district] could be perfectly true but misleading.
Just a WAG--wild ass guess [thank you John Casper] that you will be seeing a lot of press releases about OH NO SCARY BIRD FLU MY GOD WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE between now and the November elections. Every single one of these will turn out to be: by amazing coincidence, not H5N1.
And if chickens in the middle of the United States suddenly show up with H5N1 you can be sure they were flown in from southeast Asia by [censored...V...].
DON'T BE AFRAID JUST BECAUSE THEY SAY SO.