Piggy Flu

June 27, 2009 12:01 am Published by 1 Comment

It’s been a while since we gave you an update on H1N1 Influenza A, which was unfairly dubbed “swine flu” by the pork-hating media. There have been efforts to make sure that the phrase “swine flu” is dropped by the media in favor of the more Pork-Council friendly “H1N1 Influenza A”. But what if there were another, more gentle but still media-friendly name? Now there is.

I was in Europe last week hanging out with a friend of mine who lives in Paris. While we were walking through an airport he saw a sign warning about the transmission of viruses and and asked me if “Piggy Flu” was a problem in the States. I wasn’t sure what he meant at first, and then it hit me.

Piggy flu!

It’s descriptive, but still cute. It identifies this particular strain of influenza without totally alienating the prok producers.

So send out the Tweets and Face your Books. Tell the world that if they’re dying of an undiagnosed flu, it just might be the lovely, adorable Piggy Flu.

— Mike

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