Don’t Call it Swine Flu (H1N1 influenza A)

May 2, 2009 12:01 am Published by 4 Comments

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A world crisis is underway and many people are referring to it as “Swine Flu”. The Bacon Today team has resisted this subject for as long as possible, but we must now bring to your attention this message from the World Health Organization (WHO):

“Rather than calling this swine flu … we’re going to stick with the technical scientific name H1N1 influenza A.”

That statement was made by WHO spokesperson Dick Thompson who also noted that both the agriculture industry and the U.N. food agency have expressed concerns that using the term “swine flu” has misled consumers and has also caused some countries to ban pork products and order the slaughter of pigs.

Though the virus originated in pigs, the virus is not spread by eating pork. Egypt has started to slaughter nearly 300,000 pigs even as local farmers protested the Egyptian government’s order. This waste of pork is sad and unnecessary.

Human deaths from H1N1 influenza A are tragic and must support all agencies working on antiviral cures to this terrible pandemic. As bacon lovers, we should also look to the pigs and consider their best interest. Don’t blame the pigs for H1N1!

SOURCE: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/un_who_swine_flu
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