Hi Werner:

Thanks for the message; good to know you’re spreading word about bird fly being over-hyped, and much silliness.

I’ve seen notions that Ruegen outbreak might be linked to research institute there.
Vogelgrippe auf Rügen: Ist das Virus aus dem Labor spaziert?

Risk of pandemic mutation looks tiny, if mean to a dangerous virus (another thread here, on evolutionary biology, has much info on this; seems to me natural selection keeps on working so far).

Best regards,