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    GENEVA – The World Health Organization announced Thursday it will would stop using the term "swine flu" to avoid confusion over the danger posed by pigs. The policy shift came a day after Egypt began slaughtering thousands of pigs in a misguided effort to prevent swine flu.

    WHO spokesman Dick Thompson said the agriculture industry and the U.N. food agency had expressed concerns that the term "swine flu" was misleading consumers and needlessly causing countries to ban pork products and order the slaughter of pigs.

    "Rather than calling this swine flu ... we're going to stick with the technical scientific name H1N1 influenza A," Thompson said.

    The swine flu virus originated in pigs, and has genes from human, bird and pig viruses. Scientists don't know exactly how it jumped to humans. In the current outbreak, WHO says the virus is being spread from human-to-human, not from contact with infected pigs.

    Egypt began slaughtering its roughly 300,000 pigs Wednesday even though experts said swine flu is not linked to pigs and not spread by eating pork. Angry farmers protested the government degree.

    In Paris, the World Organization for Animal Health said Thursday "there is no evidence of infection in pigs, nor of humans acquiring infection directly from pigs."

    Killing pigs "will not help to guard against public or animal health risks" presented by the virus and "is inappropriate," the group said in a statement.

    China, Russia, Ukraine and other nations have banned pork exports from Mexico and parts of the United States, blaming swine flu fears.

    Most in the Muslim world consider pigs unclean animals and do not eat pork because of religious restrictions. The farmers in Egypt raise the pigs for consumption by the country's Christian minority.

    WHO also reported the number of confirmed swine flu cases rose to 257 worldwide Thursday, with cases in Mexico rising to 97 from 26, with seven deaths. The WHO confirmed tally from the United States now stands at 109, with one death.

    Other confirmed cases include 19 in Canada, 13 in Spain, eight in Britain, three each in Germany and New Zealand, two in Israel and one each in Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

    Thompson told reporters in Geneva that at least one of the Spanish cases involved a person who had not traveled to Mexico. Spanish officials said that was a man who apparently got the virus from his girlfriend, who recently returned from Mexico.

    WHO raised the pandemic flu alert to phase 5 on Wednesday, one step away from the highest level indicating a global outbreak. WHO flu chief Keiji Fukuda said Thursday there were no indications in the past day that would prompt the U.N. body to raise the alert further.

    To move from pandemic alert level 5 to level 6 means that WHO believes there is evidence of big outbreaks in at least two world regions and a pandemic is under way.

    Fukuda said the jump in confirmed cases from Mexico was probably the result of scientists working their way through a backlog of untested samples from suspected cases.

    "They are going through several thousands of laboratory specimens right now," he said.

    WHO has started distributing its stockpile of 2 million treatments of the antiviral drug Tamiflu to regional offices, which will decide where to send them next.

    Many of those drugs will go to developing countries that don't have stockpiles of their own and some will be sent to Mexico, Fukuda said, without providing figures.

    thats what u get 4 breaking my heart...

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    Im scarred of getting arrested cuz im scared ill get the swine flu

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    • #3
      thought u was talkin bout Whome! lol funney
      thanks dad for showing me the way, teaching me the language, and not leaving my mother...*L*

      *RoUg3 MoD sTaTuS*

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      • #4
        Originally posted by injunboy View Post
        thought u was talkin bout Whome! lol funney
        Me too!!!

        I'm headed into the area where the 2 kids were confirmed with the M1A1 (lol) flu. I've already written my speech.

        "It's our policy to ask...has anyone in your home just got back from Mexico and/or is anybody sick?" hahahaaaa


        Why must I feel like that..why must I chase the cat?


        "When I was young man I did some dumb things and the elders would talk to me. Sometimes I listened. Time went by and as I looked around...I was the elder".

        Mr. Rossie Freeman

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        • #5
          the M1A1 is the armys tank lol

          pleazze wash yer damm hands before u get in my tank! ayes
          thanks dad for showing me the way, teaching me the language, and not leaving my mother...*L*

          *RoUg3 MoD sTaTuS*

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          • #6
            Originally posted by injunboy View Post
            the M1A1 is the armys tank lol

            pleazze wash yer damm hands before u get in my tank! ayes
            M1A1 . . . i remebered the actual name last nite, now i cant thin of it. LoL!! me and a co-worker were cracking jokes about the flu name . . . instead of calling it the Swine or N1H1 . . since it originated in mexico, they should call it the Spic Flu . . .

            thats what u get 4 breaking my heart...

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            • #7
              danng huh!

              umm pleaze wipe yer wet back before u sit on my couch

              oh man dont get me started lol
              thanks dad for showing me the way, teaching me the language, and not leaving my mother...*L*

              *RoUg3 MoD sTaTuS*

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              • #8
                . . now thats funny

                thats what u get 4 breaking my heart...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mud_Woman View Post
                  M1A1 . . . i remebered the actual name last nite, now i cant thin of it. LoL!! me and a co-worker were cracking jokes about the flu name . . . instead of calling it the Swine or N1H1 . . since it originated in mexico, they should call it the Spic Flu . . .
                  I believe it's the Abrams.

                  Oh...and I didn't have to use my speech. I worked in a white neighborhood!!!


                  Why must I feel like that..why must I chase the cat?


                  "When I was young man I did some dumb things and the elders would talk to me. Sometimes I listened. Time went by and as I looked around...I was the elder".

                  Mr. Rossie Freeman

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                  • #10
                    In light of the latest news outta Canada the WHO should probably change the name back :-P

                    Canada pig flu case shows need for surveillance | World | Reuters

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Joe's Dad View Post
                      I believe it's the Abrams.

                      Oh...and I didn't have to use my speech. I worked in a white neighborhood!!!
                      so what did you say instead? "excuse me, but are you feeling a bit under the weather"

                      Originally posted by between2worlds View Post
                      In light of the latest news outta Canada the WHO should probably change the name back :-P

                      Canada pig flu case shows need for surveillance | World | Reuters
                      ive been keeping up with the news and papers . . . one tv reporter will call it the "H1N1 virus" and the newspaper will call it the "Swine Flu" . . . okay ppl, get it straight

                      thats what u get 4 breaking my heart...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Joe's Dad View Post
                        Me too!!!

                        Mee Threee!!! *L

                        Did anybody hear on the news that Kermit the Frog broke up with Miss Piggy?? The thought of contracting the Swine Flu was too much for him!!!
                        Powwows will continue to evolve in many directions. It is inevitable.

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                        • #13
                          I heard the Swine Flu has the following Symptons...

                          Headache, nausea, body aches, and the uncontrolable urge to have sex in the mud.......

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mud_Woman View Post
                            so what did you say instead? "excuse me, but are you feeling a bit under the weather"

                            ive been keeping up with the news and papers . . . one tv reporter will call it the "H1N1 virus" and the newspaper will call it the "Swine Flu" . . . okay ppl, get it straight
                            To quote Kermit: It isn't easy feeling... erm... being green.

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