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Friday, May 01, 2009

Swine Flu to be Renamed to Influenza A(H1N1)

From 30 April 2009 onwards, World Health Organization (WHO) will refer to the new influenza virus as Influenza A(H1N1). It was originally known as Swine Flu.

The rename is necessary after complaints that the original name was causing an unjustified clampdown on pork trade. Despite the name swine flu, no pigs are reported to be suffering from the disease, which also happen to have components from influenza strains afflicting people and birds in three continents. The renaming was also initiated by countries like the Jewish Israelis since pork is one of the many foods forbidden from consumption.

Full coverage of Influenza A(H1N1) [via]

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