Or, more precisely, the World Health Organization is concerned about the term ‘swine flu’. They’re now referring to it as ‘H1N1 influenza A‘ in an attempt to protect innocent pigs. And I have to agree. I’ve heard of no evidence that this ‘swine flu’ started in pigs, and what I have heard indicates that it contains genetic elements of different strains of influenza (like human and avian), so calling it ‘swine flu’ is inaccurate to begin with.
What gets to me is there are governments that are calling for the slaughter of the pigs in their country from the misguided notion that this will somehow help them prevent an outbreak in their local area. But some of the people I know think that it’s more of a ruse by the governments because they are Muslim and want an excuse to kill the pigs in the first place. In any case, it doesn’t make them look very intelligent to me, because they appear to not understand how it’s being transmitted, from person to person.
Another thing that I find interesting about changing the name is that it hasn’t worked completely. I still hear people on the news referring to ‘swine flu’. Sometimes it’s used in conjunction with the H1N1 designation, but a lot of the time it’s still just used on it’s own.
Still another thing that’s interesting it that it’s said to be more virulent in Mexico. While this is probably true, it’s possible that there were a lot of people in Mexico who got sick, but not sick enough to go to the hospital. If that’s the case, then it may not be as bad there as it appears to be.