posted on Apr, 28 2009 @ 03:39 PM
The Naming of Swine Flu, a Curious Matter
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By KEITH BRADSHER
Published: April 28, 2009
HONG KONG — What to call the new strain of flu raising alarms around the world has taken on political, economic and diplomatic overtones.
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Pork producers question whether the term “swine flu” is appropriate, given that pigs so far do not seem to be falling ill. Government officials in
Thailand, one of the world’s largest meat exporters, have started referring to the disease as “Mexican flu.” An Israeli deputy health minister
— an ultra-Orthodox Jew — said his country would do the same, to keep Jews from having to say the word “swine.” However, his call seemed to
have been largely ignored.
The World Organization for Animal Health, which handles veterinary issues around the world, issued a statement late Monday suggesting that the new
disease should be labeled “North American influenza,” in keeping with a long medical tradition of naming influenza pandemics for the regions where
they were first identified.
Honestly, who gives a crap what they call it.... it's killing people.
Name it after we've put an end to it... I mean c'mon! What the hell is wrong with people to argue over this crap!