I'll pin this up top and edit your subject to make it the symptoms thread - hopefully some others will wander by and clarify for us all.
The biggest thing I can see being a problem is the fact that all influenzas seem to hit people in about the same manner - even if the flu in question is a superflu. Distinguishing H5N1 from a garden-variety "normal" flu strain, and doing so early enough to do some good - may be impossible.
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