I missed this encouraging news last week. Apparently the H5N virus is on the run in the Asian nations where it hit first.
New York Times
Even as it crops up in the far corners of Europe and Africa, the virulent bird flu that raised fears of a human pandemic has been largely snuffed out in the parts of Southeast Asia where it claimed its first and most numerous victims.
Vietnam, which has had almost half of the human cases of A(H5N1) flu in the world, has not seen a single case in humans or a single outbreak in poultry this year. Thailand, the second-hardest-hit nation until Indonesia recently passed it, has not had a human case this year or one in poultry in six months.
China is also reporting a reduction in numbers of cases, but world health officials are taking their results with a grain of salt because of their history of hiding, or exaggerating, heath issues. Most recently they hid the outbreak of SARS for several months.