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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

H1N1 virus?

It seems that Israeli Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman is not the only one who is opposed to referring to the virus currently sweeping the world as 'swine flu' (Hat Tip: Memeorandum)
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.


The Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health also objected to the name, saying the virus contains avian and human components and no pig so far has been found ill with the disease.

And there is growing sentiment in the farm sector to call it the North American virus -- although disease expert Anthony Fauci told a Senate hearing the "swine flu" designation reflected scientific naming protocol.

For U.S. pork producers the swine flu name has hurt, forcing government officials into the position of stressing that American pork is safe to eat and that other countries should not ban imports.
Had there been Muslim objections to the name, it would have been changed immediately.



At 2:17 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Ms. Napolitano is not what you might call the sharpest knife in the drawer, or any other metaphor for intelligence. This seems to be a problem with Obama and his administration.

Ms. Napolitano just accused Canada of letting 9/11 hijackers cross their soil.

Ms. Napolitano just ordered the CDC to give a non-announcement on sunday about 'swine' flu. Which she now wants to call something else.

The Canadians asked, quite bluntly, how did she get her job.

I am embarrassed that she has one. It reflects very poorly upon this administration, that someone so completely clueless is allowed to continue in such an important position.

At 3:46 AM, Blogger muman613 said...

Obama and all his appointments are big disappointments. This country is built on a house of cards right now and I have never felt so endangered in my own home. Obamas idea of change is to take my hard work and give it to african american families who sit around and do not work if their life depended on it. This is called Welfare and America has become 100% welfare state. He is socializing our infrastructure and destroying Americas strengths. There is not a single thing which this 'president' has done which I approve of.


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