This really scared me: Italy faces a possible 150 000 dead What do you think? Is it going to be really that dreadful? Or is this just their way of making people realize the gravity of the situation? Italy is a rich country and it will probably have enough vaccine to prevent a death toll of that magnitude, but what about countries which don't have the facilities to produce new vaccines post haste if the strain mutates? I don't want to die! Especially being killed by the bird flu! How lame! I mean, really, bird flu. Avian influenza sounds cooler, though. P.S. It would be great if one of PF's resident biologists would comment on this disease.