Once again the spectre of bird flu has appeared on the media scope.
Reports of H5N1 pathogenic strain of avian flu was confirmed in three dead mute swans in Dorset England on the 10th of the month. The Department of Agriculture's National Disease Control Centre Management Committee met in Dublin to digest the news.
Poultry growers were advised to stick to the highest level of vigilance in this country. Once again there is an air of "here we go again" worriment about a bird flu pandemic.
In one respect there is no need to worry - as experts predict that it is a case of when, not if, it happens - the same for the next big human flu pandemic. So why worry - but remain vigilant.