'Swine Flu' Name Sticks at Some Government Agencies
Updated 3:38 p.m.
By Garance Franke-Ruta
While the president and secretary of agriculture have been pushing back against calling the flu virus that's causing global outbreaks "swine flu," the message that it's now to be called the 2009 H1N1 flu virus has been slow to penetrate the vast federal bureaucracy.
As of yesterday afternoon, Department of Homeland Security Press Secretary Sarah Kuban told The Post's Spencer S. Hsu, the flier "being provided to airports and airlines in the U.S. and asking them to post at check in counters and gates" and "also being handed out to all passengers arriving from Mexico at all ports of entry. It's being provided in English and Spanish currently" was still calling the disease the swine flu. Click here (PDF) to see the complete flier.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which authored the flier Homeland Security is handing out, also is continuing to call the condition "swine flu," and has not changed its public information page url -- http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/ -- or headers at it to reflect any shift in terminology.
A high-ranking CDC scientist who was not authorized to speak publicly about the re-naming said this morning that the name "2009 H1N1" will not stick in the scientific community because it will be confused with this year's routine seasonal flu.
As if to drive the point home, the CDC at 12:30 PM today released "interim guidance for state and local health departments, hospitals, and clinicians in regions with few or no reported cases of swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) (S-OIV)" -- a document that went on to call the virus S-OIV, where the S and O stand for "swine origin."
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