CNN had one of their "InstaPolls" on their website tonight, here's the results from around midnite:

Created: Tuesday, February 14, 2006, at 21:07:23 EDT
Do you think bird flu will mutate and cause a human pandemic?

Yes, less than 5 years away: 48% 11858 votes

Yes, more than 5 years away: 12% 3012 votes

No: 40% 9748 votes

Total: 24618 votes

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Looks like it's starting to penetrate at least part of the public consciousness.
Fortune favors the prepared mind...Pasteur