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Sue Burke
Swine flu, Novel Flu, Mexican Flu, or A (H1N1) 
30th-Apr-2009 09:24 pm
As you know, you can't get swine flu from eating pork. You get it from human beings.

In spite of that, China, Russia, and Ukraine are banning imported pork from Mexico and certain US states. Which proves that some human beings are smarter than others.

Meanwhile: "The European Commission confirmed Wednesday it would call the deadly swine flu the novel flu to minimise damage to the farm industry, despite some concern that this could just add to the confusion over the virus."

(But will the publishing industry now fear that people will think they can get it from reading novels?)

Back in the US, "Homeland Security officials today announced that the virus name would be changed to the Influenza A (H1N1) virus."

As you will note in these articles, though, some public health and government agencies still want to call it swine flu on the theory that you do too, and they don't want to confuse you about exactly what is endangering all humanity.

Finally, in this news from Israel, "Deputy health minister Yakov Litzman, a member of United Torah Judaism, said earlier this week that the name swine flu should not be used as it contains the name of the unkosher animal." He suggested Mexican flu. Mexican diplomats convinced him to drop that idea.

By the way, Spain are still upset about the 1918 so-called Spanish flu, since Spain was not the origin of that horrible pandemic, but it's too late to change the name now.

1st-May-2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
I've been talking extensively about this flu and the troubles in Mexico with my students. The majority of my students and I are unimpressed with all the panic.

In fact, I'm half-convinced by the conspiracy theory that all the news about the flu is meant to distract folks from the economic woes.

2nd-May-2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
Sports is for distraction.
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