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    28 Apr 2009 21:31:42 GMT
    Source: Reuters

    </SPAN>WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) - What's in a name? U.S. pork producers are finding that the name of the virus spreading from Mexico is affecting their business, prompting U.S. officials to argue for changing the name from swine flu.


    At a news briefing, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack took pains to repeatedly refer to the flu as the "H1N1 virus."


    "This is not a food-borne illness, virus. It is not correct to refer to it as swine flu because really that's not what this is about," Vilsack said.


    Israel has already rejected the name swine flu, and opted to call it "Mexico flu." Jewish dietary laws forbid eating pork.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SarasotaRepub View Post
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    Every friggen day something more stupid from this administration.

    Guess the Magic negro does not want to offend the Muzzies. :D
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    I suggest that its new name be the Taco Killler Virus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars1701a View Post
    Guess the Magic negro does not want to offend the Muzzies. :D
    "Muzzies" are hardly pork producers.
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    Mexico flu? That will go over well too. Has anyone famous had it we could name it after?
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    I actually work in the meat industry. You would be surprised by the number of people who think if they eat pork or come in contact with it, some how they will catch this disease.

    Its not a name change that is needed, but better education of the populus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlaGator View Post
    I suggest that its new name be the Taco Killler Virus
    While I personally love that name, if we are sticking with traditional disease-naming conventions, we should call it the Mexico Flu.
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    "This is not a food-borne illness, virus. It is not correct to refer to it as swine flu because really that's not what this is about," Vilsack said.
    Personally, swine brings up images of live pigs, not butchered, properly cooked, yummy pigs. Pork flu would indicate a food born illness. But that's just me. I subscribe to silly concepts like common sense, which tells me the name of the bug doesn't make any difference.
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    How about the other white meat flu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    How about the other white meat flu.
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