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Tommy Ruyle

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By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press Writer Frank Jordans, Associated Press Writer -

GENEVA – The World Health Organization announced Thursday it will would stop using the term "swine flu" to avoid confusion over the danger posed by pigs. The policy shift came a day after Egypt began slaughtering thousands of pigs in a misguided effort to prevent swine flu.

WHO spokesman Dick Thompson said the agriculture industry and the U.N. food agency had expressed concerns that the term "swine flu" was misleading consumers and needlessly causing countries to ban pork products and order the slaughter of pigs.

"Rather than calling this swine flu ... we're going to stick with the technical scientific name H1N1 influenza A," Thompson said.

The swine flu virus originated in pigs, and has genes from human, bird and pig viruses. Scientists don't know exactly how it jumped to humans. In the current outbreak, WHO says the virus is being spread from human to human, not from contact with infected pigs.

Egypt began slaughtering its roughly 300,000 pigs Wednesday even though experts said swine flu is not linked to pigs and not spread by eating pork. Angry farmers protested the government decree. :cry2:

There's nothing worst than government officials making decisions on "feelings" instead of facts. :mad:

For the full story... http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/un_who_swine_flu
 

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Tommy Ruyle":3lvcvh06 said:
Egypt began slaughtering its roughly 300,000 pigs Wednesday even though experts said swine flu is not linked to pigs and not spread by eating pork. Angry farmers protested the government decree. :cry2:

There's nothing worst than government officials making decisions on "feelings" instead of facts. :mad:

For the full story... http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/un_who_swine_flu

In a country which lives on the edge of famine, landfilling 300,000 hogs ought to start a revolution.
 
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