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You may not want to order in hot wings for your couch viewing next month: ABC has announced a May Sweeps' bird-flu thriller!

"Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America" is set to air May 9, reports Michael Starr at the NY POST.

The movie stars Stacy Keach, Joely Richardson, Ann Cusack and Justine Machado in a tale of a worst-case scenario, if the bird-flu virus was transmitted to humans in America.

"We feel we're providing a level of awareness and we've gone to great effort to make sure the film is accurate," co-producer Judith Verno said. "We've included a lot of information we believe people need to know."

"We had wonderful consultants who were actually ahead of the [bird-flu] curve," Kerew said. "The way the disease popped up in China, then moved to Turkey and Africa, were things we already knew about."

"Our movie has a character who was in Iraq and got the bird flu there and survived - and, as we were shooting, the bird flu hit Iraq," Verno said.



Bird flu threat not so grave, CDC chief says
M. ALEXANDER OTTO; The News Tribune
Published: April 15th, 2006 01:00 AM

"There is no evidence it will be the next pandemic," Dr. Julie Gerberding, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, said of avian flu. There is "no evidence it is evolving in a direction that is becoming more transmissible to people."