Swine Flu…Offensive?

By Marista Lane

There has been one confirmed case in Israel

There has been one confirmed case in Israel

There was an interesting story in a USA Today blog the other day. Apparently, an Israeli health official was offended by the name “Swine” flu:

As the swine flu outbreak continues spreading, an Israeli health official is making waves by saying the name should be changed to “Mexican” flu, because the reference to pigs is offensive to Jews and Muslims, who consider pigs unclean and forbid the eating of pork products.

As the Associated Press reports, scientists are unsure where the new virus originally emerged. The current strain of swine flu is believed to have originated in Mexico, where more than 100 people have died from it, but the virus was first identified in the USA. Scientists say there is nothing about the virus that makes it “Mexican” and worry that label would be stigmatizing.

Thoughts? Should the name change?

2 responses to “Swine Flu…Offensive?

  1. apocalypsecakes

    Not sure the disease name has to change, but you can name the swine flu cake in the swine flu cake naming contest! The winner gets a chocolate pig! http://apocalypsecakes.wordpress.com/2009/04/27/name-the-swine-flu-cake-win-this-chocolate-pig/

  2. Not really offensive, but rather funny, swinejokes.com is playing off this, the site just opened today and has a long way to go, but one cant help find the comedy in the word swine, even if it is a serious issue.

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