US wants to change virus' name from 'swine flu'

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April 28, 2009 22:59

 
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American agriculture officials want to change the name for the virus that's broken out in Mexico and the US from "swine flu" to something else. The problem, they say, is that the name "swine flu" suggests a problem with pork products. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pointed out Tuesday that the virus was not food-borne and had nothing to do with consuming pork products. Vilsack said he was concerned that misunderstandings could have a negative impact on farmers who provide pork products to consumers around the world. Speaking at a daily news briefing on the government's response to the outbreak, Vilsack said the American hog industry was sound and that consumers everywhere should know that US pork products were safe.

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