Interesting Site: Bird-Flu news.
This brings up my first book review/recommendation:
The story of the great influenza pandemic of 1918; and the search for the virus that caused it: By Gina Kolata, first published (wow, is it SO long ago? 1999)
Having READ this book years ago,(and always loaning it out of my personal library) I was very ready when the Avian Flew first came out last year.
" Scientists have recently discovered shards of the flu virus in human remains frozen in the Arctic tundra and in scraps of tissue preserved in a government warehouse."
She goes thru a great deal of the background in a very non-technical way.