Whats In A Name

04.29.09 | FL News Team

U.S. officials said Tuesday they are thinking about dropping the term "swine flu." Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the name is confusing people into thinking they could catch it from pork.

U.S. officials have tried to reassure people that it is not possible to get pig strains of influenza from food. However, Russia, Ukraine, and China have all banned imports of pork from Mexico and certain U.S. states.

Scientists discovered the never-before-seen strain of influenza, which is a cross between pig, human and bird viruses. While it is technically part of the Type A/H1N1 family of the influenza, they shortened the name to new swine flu.