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from what i have read the current "swine flu" is a mixture of human ,avian and two types of swine flu. so if it is in fact part swine shouldn't the name still stick? i know the pig farmers where in a uproar because it might hurt their bottom dollar but isn't the current epidemic a little more important than their wallets or is the government pushing a change of the name so as not to worry people ?

13 comments:

Me said...

Because that's what it is. It got the name swine flu because it primarily infected pigs.
And for every one freaking out about it... It has been around sense the 30's just chill out.

e h said...

It did come from pigs originally, but now it has nothing to do with pigs--naming it "swine flu" is no different from "h1n1," especially as the second name is just as accurate--and "swine flu" will not help people, it'll just hurt pig farmers and grocery stores that want to sell pork, etc...

Chibi Snore said...

Like the others said, it's because it isn't directly contracted from pigs. It's been a misconception. Actually, in Egypt they slaughtered 3,000 pigs to prevent it. That's one major reason why.

jenneysl said...

The latter name sounds a little less disgusting and more "scientific" than "Swine Flu". Plus it makes it look like the CDC has a handle on the situation.

Demonic Gorilla said...

Mass panic like in Egypt where they slaughtered 250,000 pigs as a saftey precaution. Or the banning of pork in some countries. Besides its passing easier because it has mixed with human flu.

Alex said...

Because W.H.O feels that it should be changed because egypt slaughtered all of there pigs because they thought that they would catch it from the pigs.

Grumpy Old Man said...

Because it is a better name/description of the virus. Calling it 'Swine Flu' is meaningless and misleading.

Yas said...

Because it's not really just for swine anymore, there's no point in calling in "swine flu"

Right! said...

It is hurting the pork industry unnecessarily.

<3. said...

because the people in egypt thought thall all pigs were infected so they killed thousands of theres. they got the wrong message.

Bath Toys for Kids said...

there's a campaign to change it to Mexican flu but i think it should be called the bacon flu :-)

Miley said...

Because Hogs don't like being called swine, or getting blamed for people catching the flu

Fake Security Cameras said...

because it has nothing to do with swines

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