Earlier this year, bird flu panic was in full swing: The French feared for their foie gras, the Swiss locked their chickens indoors, and Americans enlisted prison inmates in Alaska to help spot infected wild birds.
With the feared H5N1 virus -- previously confined to Southeast Asia -- striking birds in places as diverse as Germany, Egypt, and Nigeria, it seemed inevitable that a flu pandemic would erupt.
Then the virus went quiet. Except for a steady stream of human cases from Indonesia, the current bird flu epicenter, the past year's worries about a catastrophic global flu outbreak largely disappeared from the radar screen.
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