The global health organization decides to use another name for the swine flu to avoid confusion.
Wired PR News – The World Health Organization (WHO) will reportedly stop using the term swine flu to identify the current influenza outbreak. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the organization announced the policy change on Thursday in an effort to protect pigs feared to pose a danger to consumers.
As noted in the report, many have expressed concerns over use of the term “swine flu,” which has led to the banning of pork products in some countries, and the mass slaughter of pigs. However, the World Organization for Animal Health is quoted as stating on Thursday, “there is no evidence of infection in pigs, nor of humans acquiring infection directly from pigs.” The organization is further noted to have commented that the slaughter of pigs, “will not help to guard against public or animal health risks.”
The World Health organization will reportedly begin referring to the virus by its scientific name H1N1 influenza A.
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