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JonLP24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 10:13 AM
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Swine Flu is a bad name-- got a better one?
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Is the name swine flu hogwash?

U.S. officials said Tuesday they may abandon the term swine flu, for fear it's confusing people into thinking they could catch it from pork - which is flat-out wrong.

"We're discussing, is there a better way to describe this that would not lead to inappropriate actions on people's part?" said Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "In the public, we've been seeing a fair amount of misconception ... and that's not helpful."

CDC scientists discovered the never-before-seen strain of influenza, a mix of pig, human and bird viruses - and while scientifically it's part of the Type A/H1N1 family of influenza, they shortened the name to new swine flu.

Immediately, U.S. officials rushed to assure people that it's impossible to get pig strains of influenza from food. But by last weekend, China, Russia and Ukraine were banning imports of pork from Mexico and certain U.S. states, and other governments were increasing screening of pork imports.

Then came name complaints from abroad. Israeli officials on Monday suggested renaming it Mexican flu, saying the reference to pigs is offensive to Muslim and Jewish sensitivities over pork. While the biggest outbreak and most serious illness so far is in Mexico, scientists don't yet have proof that's where the new virus originated.
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  -Swine Flu is a bad name-- got a better one? JonLP24  Apr-29-09 10:13 AM   #0 
  - NAFTA Flu: Critics Say Swine Flu Has Roots in Forcing Poor Countries to Accept Western Agribusiness  Ian David   Apr-29-09 10:15 AM   #1 
  - Let's name it after people, like hurricanes  Auggie   Apr-29-09 10:17 AM   #2 
  - RushLimbaugh Flu  TheCoxwain   Apr-29-09 10:19 AM   #3 
  - Huswavian flu  ixion   Apr-29-09 10:20 AM   #4 
  - Ah, beat me to it!  Mrs. Overall   Apr-29-09 10:23 AM   #7 
  - Are the only people getting it pigs/hogs/swine? Then it's not swine flu.  sinkingfeeling   Apr-29-09 10:20 AM   #5 
  - FrankenVirus (since it's such a composite of animal strains)  KittyWampus   Apr-29-09 10:22 AM   #6 
  - H1NI is what the CDC is saying to use, they are afraid the Pork Industry  bdamomma   Apr-29-09 10:28 AM   #8 
  - What's wrong with "Influenza"? Or the phenomic designation, H1N1? n/t  TechBear_Seattle   Apr-29-09 10:29 AM   #9 
  - I'm calling it hiney flu for the H1N1 bit.  uppityperson   Apr-29-09 06:38 PM   #14 
  - Got Panic? Flu n/t  Faux pas   Apr-29-09 10:30 AM   #10 
  - Seriesly -- I don't get it  LostinVA   Apr-29-09 07:09 PM   #22 
  - Got Panic? Flu n/t  Faux pas   Apr-29-09 10:30 AM   #11 
  - Factory farming flu  Warpy   Apr-29-09 10:38 AM   #12 
  - "New, Improved, Fast-Access Flu?" nt  raccoon   Apr-29-09 10:47 AM   #13 
  - Yes: 2009 H1N1, per the CDC. NT  Mike 03   Apr-29-09 06:38 PM   #15 
  - The WhatWarCrimes Flu...n/t  Junkdrawer   Apr-29-09 06:41 PM   #16 
  - "Gingrichitis" or the "Itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, polka-dotted skin A/H1N1"  Bucky   Apr-29-09 06:41 PM   #17 
  - Porky's Revenge (eom)  itsrobert   Apr-29-09 06:41 PM   #18 
  - Vegan fever has a nice ring to it!  whistler162   Apr-29-09 06:56 PM   #19 
  - Yes, 2009 H1N1. It will save the slaughter of a lot of pigs. NT  Mike 03   Apr-29-09 06:57 PM   #20 
  - "Terrorist Psychoflu From Hell"  Stinky The Clown   Apr-29-09 06:57 PM   #21 
  - bush flu - been making people sick for years  The Straight Story   Apr-29-09 07:11 PM   #23 
  - "The flu formerly known as swine"  Obamarama   Apr-29-09 07:11 PM   #24 
  - Tobacco Flu  WeDidIt   Apr-29-09 07:16 PM   #25 
  - The NAFTA trots  cliffordu   Apr-29-09 07:30 PM   # 
  - Malkin Pnuemonia. n/t  SalmonChantedEvening   Apr-29-09 07:30 PM   #26 
  - Republican flu  jmowreader   Apr-29-09 07:43 PM   #27 
  - the hammy whammy  Algorem   Apr-29-09 07:52 PM   #28 
  - Corporate sponsorship? Pepsi, Swine Flu, anyone?  Agent William    Apr-29-09 07:54 PM   #29 
  - I liked "Bacon's Revenge" from Lioness.  Forkboy   Apr-29-09 07:58 PM   #30 
  - Enhanced Cooties  GreatCaesarsGhost   Apr-29-09 09:06 PM   #31 

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