Swine flu: don’t stop eating pork!

Am I the only one who is refusing to get into a panic about swine flu, even though two cases have been confirmed in Scotland and the World Health Organisation has said that it is “too late” to contain swine flu?

Come on, people, enough with the hysteria:

And while we’re at it, how about we recognise that swine flu is transmitted through airborne particles, not from eating pork.

So, if you’re thinking about ditching pork, even though it carries no risk to your health (and, cooked properly, considerably LESS of a risk to your health than McDonald’s…), consider this. We’re in a recession. Stop buying pork and you’ll put farmers out of business. Of course, you do that anyway when you buy cheap and nasty pork products from the EU, where welfare standards are so abysmal in comparison to those in the UK…


Oh, and it’s good to know that I’m not the only one who is annoyed by the name:

The flu virus spreading around the world should not be called “swine flu” as it also contains avian and human components and no pig was found ill with the disease so far, the World Animal Health body said on Monday.

A more logical name for it would be “North-American influenza,” a name based on its geographic origin just like the Spanish influenza, another human flu pandemic with animal origin that killed more than 50 million people in 1918-1919.

“The virus has not been isolated in animals to date. Therefore it is not justified to name this disease swine influenza,” the Paris-based organization said in a statement.

Finally, if you were wondering how it started, read this article:

The first known case of swine flu emerged a fortnight earlier than previously thought in a village where residents have long complained about the smell and flies from a nearby pig farm, it emerged last night.

The Mexican Government said it initially thought that the victim, Edgar Hernandez, 4, was suffering from ordinary influenza but laboratory testing has since shown that he had contracted swine flu. The boy went on to make a full recovery, although it is thought that at least 148 others in Mexico have died from the disease, and the number is expected to rise.

One response to this post.

  1. Thanks Jo I did wonder how the name came about. As to stop eating pork not me l like my meat.

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