No longer “The Swine Flu”

Government Agencies Want Flu Name Change

Homeland Security officials today announced that the virus name would be changed to the Influenza A (H1N1) virus.

The Naming of Swine Flu

Government officials in Thailand, one of the world’s largest meat exporters, have started referring to the disease as “Mexican flu.” An Israeli deputy health minister — an ultra-Orthodox Jew — said his country would do the same, to keep Jews from having to say the word “swine.”

Swine Flu Name Offensive

The outbreak of swine flu should be renamed “Mexican” influenza in deference to Muslim and Jewish sensitivities over pork, said an Israeli health official Monday.

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