New Name for Swine Flu

By | April 30, 2009

The WHO and others are now discussing a new name for swine flu because of the adverse affects it is having on the pig markets. As many of you know I mentioned in a previous post that Egypt has ordered the slaughter of all their pigs. Also I imagine this does not help the pigs rap much as it is also considered unclean in Judaism and Islam. The dietary laws of Kosher or Kashrut under Jewish tradition and Halal under Islamic tradition, because it does not ruminate or chew the cud. Of course under most Christian tradition the pig is now considered clean because Jesus freed us from the obligation of the dietary laws.

So how has swine flu affected pigs, well it is known to affect them, but there are no know pigs in the United States with swine flu, at the moment. Also, pork is still completely safe to eat so long as you cook it properly.

This is affecting really hard pig export from North American nations to places such as Russia and China who have imposed bans on exports of live pigs and pork.

Currently the WHO thinks their name was appropriate because there is a large competent of swine influenza in the flu virus, along with genes from North American avian influenza, human influenza and a form of swine influenza normally found in Asia and Europe, according to Nancy Cox, chief of the CDC’s Influenza Division.

As of right now it remains to be seen whether the WHO and others will end up deciding to change the name of swine flu to something more straightforward name like “H1N1 flu”. Although, that name wouldn’t be anywhere near as catchy or as fun for the news media to throw around.


1 Comment

Angel Baker on October 6, 2010 at 1:09 pm.

swine flu scared the hell out of me when there was mass infection of this virus“:

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