The swine flu has not yet proven as deadly as some have feared, unless you’re a pig. After confirming that worldwide swine flu cases have risen to 257, the World Health Organization said it would stop using the term “swine flu” in order to clear up confusion over the danger posed by pigs. Egypt, for example, reacted to the outbreak by slaughtering all of its roughly 300,000 pigs, even though the virus is not spread by eating pork. The WHO will now refer to the virus by its scientific name, H1N1 influenza A.
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