Reuters is reporting that U.S. pork producers are balking at the negative implications associated with the name of the virulent influenza strain that is causing national and worldwide havoc. They do not want the disease called swine flu.
Who can blame them?
At a news briefing, Homeland INsecurity 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.” The nation’s dietary laws forbid eating pork.
Seeing Red AZ opted for the more correct moniker of “Mexican flu” a couple of days ago, since that is the country of origin.
In 1594, William Shakespeare said it well when he opined, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
In the meantime what will it take to get our porous southern border to be called “closed?”