I'm worried somewhat. It doesn't take up my concentration or anything, but the threat is certainly real. I didn't take it seriously until the director of our health department came and told us the facts about the bird flu and just how unprepared we are. I think the problem really is that people don't take it seriously. Most people have no idea how truely horrible SARS was. You don't read accounts in the paper about how hospitals were flooded with patients and how the nurses and docs who took care of these patients suffered horribly. No one read about the fact that hospital floors had psychiatrists and mental health workers working fulltime on hospital units, treating the staff because of the God awful decisions they had to make and the risk they were placing themselves and their families in. SARS was horrible and thank God it didn't spread like crazy. Those of us who don't live in an effected area, and even those of us who did often don't realize what really happened.
The bird flu has a mortality rate of over 50% and mostly effects those who are normally least likely to get sick. There are some in the medical and public health world who believe it possibly spread from human to human in one family. It's really just a matter of time. The flu of 1918 started out with birds and moved on to humans, killing 20-50 million people and had a mortality rate of only 2.5%. It is certainly better to err on the side of caution. The federal government is not willing to kick in aid for a pandemic, so hopefully the local government is able to come up with some type of response.
Basically, it's a threat, it's likely to happen, I'm not losing sleep over it. I know I'm more likely to get hit by a bus tomarrow than to get the bird flu. However, the threat is very real and our country is not at all prepared for it, just as we weren't prepared for Katrina.