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April 30, 2009

Good-bye, Swine Flu! Hello, H1N1 influenza A!

First it was unnamed "officials [who] appeared to go out of their way... to not call the strain 'swine flu'" earlier this week. [Update:] Then La Vida Locavore caught Tom Vilsack in the act. Next Obama did it last night. And today it's the World Health Organization's turn:
The World Health Organization announced Thursday it will would stop using the term "swine flu" to avoid confusion over the danger posed by pigs. The policy shift came a day after Egypt began slaughtering thousands of pigs in a misguided effort to prevent swine flu.

WHO spokesman Dick Thompson said the agriculture industry and the U.N. food agency had expressed concerns that the term "swine flu" was misleading consumers and needlessly causing countries to ban pork products and order the slaughter of pigs.

"Rather than calling this swine flu ... we're going to stick with the technical scientific name H1N1 influenza A," Thompson said.

Big Pork is good. It's very, very good. They managed this trick in a little over 48 hours. They will tell you that the term "swine flu" is inaccurate because it's not the pigs that are sick. Of course, the pigs were sick at one point -- this was after all a virus THAT ORIGINATED IN PIGS and has now infected us. There. I said it.

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