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Once the virus shows effective transmission in two different regions of the world, a full pandemic outbreak — phase 6 — would be declared, meaning a global epidemic of a new and deadly disease.
Originally posted by chiron613
I want to point out that even if this flu becomes pandemic, that doesn't necessarily mean we're all going to die.
WHO spokesman Dick Thompson says the name change comes after the agriculture industry and the U.N. food agency expressed concerns that the term "swine flu" was misleading consumers and needlessly causing countries to order the slaughter of pigs. He told reporters in Geneva "we're going to stick with the technical scientific name H1N1 influenza A."
JERUSALEM (AP) — The outbreak of swine flu should be renamed "Mexican" influenza in deference to Muslim and Jewish sensitivities over pork, said an Israeli health official Monday.
According to Troxler, the 10 million hogs in North Carolina outnumber the population by a million. That explains why the state is the second leading producer of hogs in the nation. The 2.4 billion dollar industry could take a serious hit from the swine flu. "We created a hysteria and people don't really know whether the pork is safe to eat or not....................."
Despite the Centers for Disease control insisting that you cannot get sick from pork, the demand is still low. Right now, one hundred pound portions of pork are selling for an average of $59. According to the US Department of Agriculture, prices typically climb past $70 in late April and May.