Not sure if you are all up to speed with the avian flu problems now hitting BC. There have been hundreds of thousands of chickens gassed at 5 farms in the lower mainland, many of them diagnosed with the H-7 strain.
The dept. of agriculture and health had first reported the strain was a low spreading one, but today they have confirmed now that the flu has jumped to humans, as two people became infected.
These people worked in one of the farms, they have been treated and are recovering, but apparently the hot-zone which is being carefully watched is now under even tighter security. There was someone on a radio call-in who had taken her b&g in due to strange behaviour, the vet said it had picked up a virus, and is going to be tested for the strain. Haven't heard any more on this, but that must have been a scare for the poor woman on the other end of the line.
It just goes to show that you can never be too careful, and with this virulent strain, an ounce of caution is worth a pound of cure. I will keep my eyes and ears open on this, and let you know of any updates or changes.