I think I better start a new thread on this topic. http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/02/04/birdflu.update/index.html This link provides us with quite updated information about the outbreak of bird flu. Although many regions in south-east asia have loads of chickens died of H5N1, there isn't any H5N1 case in Hong Kong yet. Experts don't rule out the possibility that the virus can jump between humans. However I don't think this outbreak will become a pandemic of human as every country is now trying their best to prevent the spread of the disease. Moreover, we got experiences from the outbreak of SARS last year and probably know how to handle the situation once more people started to be infected. Also, there aren't many human infections at this stage. Slaughtering of chickens will continue though, until everything is okay.