Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt recommended that Americans start storing canned tuna and powdered milk under their beds as the prospect of a deadly bird flu outbreak approaches the United States.
ABC News has obtained a mathematical projection prepared by federal scientists based on an initial outbreak on an East Coast chicken farm in which humans are infected. Within three months, with no vaccine, almost half of the country would have the flu.
The North American bird-flu scenario must make George Romero and Danny Boyle giddy with delight, but even as I scarfed down a delicious turkey sandwich, I experienced some subtle, flickering spasms in my stomach.
And suddenly, that flock of migratory geese landing silently on the little pond resembled a squadron of lethal, loaded Stealth Bombers.