WHO aims to protect pigs - will stop using term ’swine flu’

2009-04-30 18:25:54 (GMT) (Caymanmama.com - Health News News)

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World Health Organization announced Thursday that it will discontinue using the term “swine flu” to prevent any further confusion over the dangers posed by the intelligent animal

Dallas, Texas (CaymanMama.com) — Swines, or pigs as they are now referred to, are getting a bad rap over the recent swine flu outbreak prompting the World Health Organization to announce Thursday that it will discontinue using the term “swine flu” to prevent any further confusion over the dangers posed by the intelligent animal.

The WHO has confirmed that cases of the flu increased to 257 around the globe.

The global organization said the total number of confirmed cases in Mexico increased to 97 from 26, with seven deaths, and the U.S. confirmed cases now stands at 109, with one death confirmed.

Other confirmed cases of the pandemic include 19 in Canada, 13 in Spain, eight in Britain, three in Germany, three in New Zealand, two in Israel and one each in Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

WHO spokesman Dick Thompson told  the  media that the flu name change was initiated after the agriculture industry and the U.N. food agency made a point that the term “swine flu” was essentially misleading the public and needlessly causing country officials to order the mass slaughter of pigs.

“Rather than calling this swine flu … we’re going to stick with the technical scientific name H1N1 influenza A,” he said.

According to the Associated Press, “WHO raised the pandemic flu alert to phase 5 on Wednesday, one step away from the highest level indicating a global outbreak. WHO flu chief Keiji Fukuda said Thursday there were no indications in the past day that would prompt the U.N. body to raise the alert further.”



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