Does this really make a difference?
According to US Officials, the "swine flu" that has killed over 150 and has millions worried, will now have a new name.
The flu shall henceforth be called the "2009 H1N1 virus. We kind of like swine flu better. It rolls more pleasantly of the tip of the tongue!
During a briefing on Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, said "This really isn't swine flu. It's H1N1 virus. We want to say to consumers here and abroad that there is no risk to you, there is no scientific evidence whatsoever that there is any link between consuming pork, prepared pork products, and the H1N1 virus."
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano added that "We are establishing an operations coordination task force to deal with the 2009 H1N1 outbreak."
Basically, the international prices of U.S. pork dropped greatly this week when other countries like China, Russia, and the Phillippines cancelled their imports of pork from the US and Mexico.
So this seems more like a financial decision to change the name!
But, either way, it's important to note, you will NOT contract the
swine flu H1N1 virus from consuming pork.
Now go have some bacon!